Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America; and yet most insurance policies don’t cover preventative screenings. About 1-in-2 Hispanic men and 1 in 3 Hispanic women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The lifetime probability of dying from cancer is 1 in 5 for Hispanic men and 1 in 6 for Hispanic women. Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics.
Genesis Philanthropy in partnership with the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is offering a free way for patients to learn about their risk for lung cancer.
“This is a tremendously big problem if they have a history of smoking,” says Sally Werner, Executive Director of Cancer Services, Genesis Health System.
“There are a lot of individuals that meet barriers such as costs that prevents them from getting preventative services,” says Missy Gowey, Executive Director of Genesis Philanthropy.
The new program offers free low dose CT scans to those who qualify as being at a high risk for lung cancer. The scan normally can cost around $300. Only those who are identified by the online survey as being at high risk for lung cancer will be eligible for a CT scan. Go to www.genesisphilanthropy.org/knowyourrisk now to take the survey. “It’s lifesaving,” Werner exclaims. “It’s the simplest way to say it; it can save your life.”
Maurice Beauregard is one of the first 20 people to take advantage of the free CT scans.
“I smoked for about 30 years,” he says.
His results were negative and he now is at peace and can breathe easier.
“It was like phew,” he says. “It’s unexplainable to know all those years I smoked doing damage to my body – but yet I’ve been given a second chance on life.”
In order to be eligible for the program, you need to fill out a confidential survey and then get a referral from your doctor. Fill out the survey at www.genesisphilanthropy.org/knowyourrisk
Follow this link for a video with Dr. Jeffrey Goree explaining what a Low Dose CT Scan is:
To take the survey follow this link www.genesisphilanthropy.org/knowyourrisk