Greensboro, NC – The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCI) has awarded an Access Grant to Cone Health Cancer Center. The $10,000 access grant will support Cone Health’s efforts to increase access to lung cancer screenings in Guilford County for high-risk, uninsured individuals, between the ages of 55 and 80 years old through October 2020.
“Cone Health is committed to lung cancer screening which saves lives,” said Christine Brannock, oncology outreach manager at the Cone Health Cancer Center. “This generous access grant will directly support screening for underserved members of our community.”
Cone Health Cancer Center will offer a free lung cancer screening clinic with a medical oncologist, pulmonologist and radiologist for high-risk men and women within the North Carolina community who are uninsured. A high-risk patient is someone who has smoked a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years. After a high-risk patient is referred to the clinic, physicians will discuss the risks and benefits of low-dose lung cancer screening to decide if participants fall within the recommended guidelines.
“The access grant program is designed to support community partners in improving access for uninsured or underinsured individuals to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical research, comprehensive biomarker testing and precision medicine,” said Paige Humble, Lung Cancer Initiative Executive Director. “We’re so pleased to award Cone Health Cancer Center this grant to support their efforts in reducing disparities between insured and uninsured high-risk individuals within Guilford County.”
The US Protective Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends a low-dose CT scan annually for those in the high-risk category for lung cancer. From 2002 to 2004 more than 50,000 people at high-risk for lung cancer were screened across the U.S. in the largest national lung screening trial to date. The trials found that low-dose CT scans helped reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent.
The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina awards up to three $10,000 access grants annually to assist institutions in improving access to lung cancer screening, treatment, clinical trials, comprehensive biomarker testing or precision medicine for uninsured or underinsured individuals. Learn more.
About Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
As the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. The organization’s mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina. For more information, or to get involved, please visit us at www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org.
For more information, contact Paige Humble, Executive Director of Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, at phumble@LungCancerInitiativeNC.org or (919) 784-0410
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