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Published on December 21, 2015

UHS named leading site for lung cancer screening

UHS has been named a "Screening Center of Excellence" by the nationwide Lung Cancer Alliance for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening.

Low-dose CT screening for lung cancer, carried out safely, efficiently and equitably, can detect the disease in its earliest phases and thereby save tens of thousands of lives a year.

“UHS is devoted to providing patients with the highest possible quality in screening and testing for diseases," said Matthew J. Salanger, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of UHS. "Low-dose CT screening has been shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country."

Said the alliance's president and chief executive officer, Laurie Fenton Ambrose: “We are proud and honored to be working with UHS as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advances in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow."

Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are committed to providing clear information, based on current evidence, on which type of patients are candidates for the screening.

They also are dedicated to complying with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies - such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program - for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

The Lung Cancer Alliance is a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with - or at risk for - lung cancer.

It provides professional support, referral and information services to patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer and conducts national awareness campaigns.

These include the award-winning "No One Deserves to Die" campaign, which attacks the stigma of the disease, and the "Moments" effort, which spreads the word about risk and screening with a risk navigator tool for consumers.

In addition, it advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research.

For more information, call 763-LUNG.

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