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Lahey Health Raises Awareness about Lung Cancer in Peabody, Gloucester; Encourages Veterans to get Screened

To address the increased risk of lung cancer among our veterans, Lahey Health is inviting local veterans to learn about the life-saving benefits of low-dose CT screenings for lung cancer at Lahey Medical Center, Peabody and Addison Gilbert Hospital on November 11. Hospital staff will provide information and assist veterans in completing a questionnaire to determine their eligibility for Lahey Health’s free low-dose CT screening program. Veterans meeting the criteria will be able to schedule screenings onsite.

Many veterans are at a 25-to-50 percent higher risk for lung cancer than civilians because of occupational exposure to carcinogens and a higher prevalence of tobacco use among military personnel. Almost all soldiers in Vietnam smoked and continued to do so after the war, increasing their risk of the disease. However, according to the National Lung Screening Trial, low-dose CT lung screenings could prevent at least one in five lung cancer deaths and save 12,000 lives every year.

Lahey Hospital & Medical Center began its free low-dose CT lung screening program in January 2012. Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital began offering screenings to qualifying high-risk patients this November.

WHEN:    November 11, 2013

                9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHO:      Lahey Medical Center, Peabody

                Addison Gilbert Hospital

WHERE:  Lahey Medical Center, Peabody

                Main Lobby

                1 Essex Center Drive

                Peabody, MA 01960

                Addison Gilbert Hospital

                Main Lobby

                298 Washington Street

                Gloucester, MA 01930

For more information, please contact Carol Kerbaugh at 617-933-5276. 

About Lahey Health

Lahey Health is what’s next in healthcare providing a full continuum of integrated health services close to where you live or work. It comprises nationally recognized, award-winning hospitals—including an academic hospital and medical center, and community hospitals—primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services, post-acute programs such as home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and senior care resources located throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

Lahey Health offers nearly 1,000 locally based physicians, providing clinical excellence and an exceptional patient experience in adult and pediatric primary care and every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic medical and surgical care; local emergency and trauma care; urological surgery; chronic disease prevention and health management; and pediatric emergency, newborn and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital physicians.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center—a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine—and Lahey Clinic physician group with practices in Burlington, Peabody and other locations throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Mass.; Lahey Health Senior Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services as well as more than 30 primary care physician practices and multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities.

For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites at Lahey Hospital & Medical CenterBeverly Hospital,Addison Gilbert, and Lahey Health Behavioral Services.

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