The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) is helping identify lung cancer in its earliest stages through low-dose CT lung cancer screenings in its Fort Scott and Pittsburg locations.
With a physician’s order, individuals 50-80 years old who currently smoke, or formerly smoked one pack per day for 20 years or two packs per day for 10 years, and who have smoked within
the last 15 years, can receive a noninvasive and inexpensive lung cancer screening.
“Low-dose CT lung cancer screenings are effective, noninvasive, and inexpensive,” says Kimberly Wass, RT, (R). “It only takes a few minutes, causes no discomfort, and exposes you to
a small amount of radiation, the images obtained give us a detailed picture of the patient’s lungs and chest.”
CT scanners combine a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and use computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) inside your body. CT scan
images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do. The images can help diagnose lung cancer in its earliest and most treatable stages.
In the United States, lung cancer accounts for approximately one-fourth of cancer related deaths because many patients are diagnosed with advanced stages of the disease when treatment options are limited.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, tobacco use is still one of the leading causes of preventable death, disease, and disability in the state. Almost one in four
(24.6%) Kansas adults (18 years and older) use tobacco and many chronic conditions related to tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
CHC/SEK Can Help When Quitting Tobacco
CHC/SEK can assist you towards stopping your use of tobacco products. Our team of counselors, healthcare professionals, and peer support can provide individual counseling, group
counseling, nicotine replacement therapy, and other resources to help you along your journey.
For medically qualified patients, nicotine replacements such as gum, patches, and lozenges can help you stop using tobacco products. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) works by supplying
the body with small doses of nicotine without the harmful chemicals found in tobacco. NRT helps reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping the use of tobacco
such as smoking, vaping, and chewing.
At CHC/SEK, we encourage our patients to use KanQuit, a free service for all Kansans that provides counseling, support, and other resources to help you stop using tobacco. KanQuit
provides coaching over the phone or online, text messaging, email support, and quit medication (nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges) to those that qualify.
• The Quitline is free. The cost is paid by your public health department, health plan, or employer.
• Quitline is based on proven strategies. KanQuit has already helped more than 1.5 million people in their quit journey.
• The Quitline is self-paced and customized for each person. You decide the details of your plan such as how often you speak with a quit coach and whether you use quit medications.
• The Quitline is staffed by trained coaches, all of whom have completed rigorous Tobacco Treatment Specialist training.
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit KSquit.org to get started today.