WHS now offers a lung screening program for current and former smokers.

According to the American Cancer Society

Smoking accounts for about 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States, including about 80% of all lung cancer deaths.

The risk of lung cancer for smokers is many times higher than for non-smokers. The longer you smoke and the more packs a day you smoke, the greater your risk.

The best way to reduce your risk of lung cancer is not to smoke and to avoid breathing in other people’s smoke.

If you stop smoking before a cancer develops, your damaged lung tissue gradually starts to repair itself. No matter what your age or how long you’ve smoked, quitting may lower your risk of lung cancer and help you live longer.

For help quitting smoking, contact the PA Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOWPA NOW

What is a Lung Cancer Screening?

Lung Cancer Screening uses a low-dose CT scan of the chest to screen for a lung mass or nodule that could indicate cancer.

According to the National Lung Screening Trial (2011) “there was a 20% decrease in lung cancer deaths when patients were screened with a low-dose CT scan instead of a standard chest x-ray.”

Our goal is to detect and treat lung cancer at the earliest stages, before symptoms develop.

How do I get screened?

We accept referrals made by your primary care provider or specialist.

Your provider will order the low-dose CT screening exam and schedule the exam.

Based on the results, they will determine how they want you to follow up for further care.

Our Lung Screening Navigator will be in contact with you once your exam is scheduled.

CT Lung Screening exams are now covered by most insurances.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible if you:

  • Are between the ages of 55-77.
  • Have a ≥ 30 pack year smoking history.*
  • Are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years.

* A pack year is defined by the number of packs smoked per day times the number of years smoked.

Meet our Lung Screening Navigator

Photo of Melissa Zucchero, Lung Screening Navigator

Melissa Zucchero BS, CNMT Lung Screening Navigator

Melissa graduated from Robert Morris University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine.

She began her career here at WHS in the nuclear medicine department where she worked for over 3 years before stepping into the role of Lung Screening Navigator.

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, baking, and taking her dog to the Montour Trail.

For any additional questions about the Lung Screening Program please contact: (724) 250-4594