PROVINCE LAUNCHES LUNG SCREENING PROGRAM
The Lung Screening Program will help save lives by preventing lung cancer and finding it earlier. The program includes a clinical assessment and computerized tomography (CT) scans, and targets people at very high risk of developing lung cancer. The program also provides information about lung health and help to stop smoking.
Approximately 1,000 Nova Scotians are diagnosed and 700 die of the disease every year. Nova Scotians aged 50 to 74 who have smoked daily for 20 years or more at any point in their lives can contact the program and have a nurse assess their personal risk of lung cancer. The assessment will determine if they would benefit from screening with a chest CT scan. The Lung Screening Program is available now in the central health zone (Halifax Regional Municipality and West Hants) by calling 1-833-505-LUNG (5864). It will be rolled out across the province over the next two years.
When implemented province-wide the province will invest $3 million annually in the program. The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has contributed $350,000 to the Lung Screening Program and committed nearly $1 million during the next three years to help develop equity-enhancing strategies to reach diverse and vulnerable populations.