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join quality insights in an initiative to reduce lung cancer mortality in delaware

lungs The Bad News: The American Cancer Society reports that lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

The American Lung Association estimates that the rate of new lung cancer cases in Delaware is 71.8, higher than the national rate of 63.0, and ranks 42nd among all states.

The Good News: We now have a way to find lung cancer early with low-dose CT scans. Studies have shown that this form of  screening can reduce the risk of people dying of lung cancer by 20 percent.  

In addition, the latest research from the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program shows that patients diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of annual CT screenings have an overall cure rate of 80 percent, regardless of the stage and type of treatment.

Quality Insights and the Delaware Division of Public Health are leading an initiative in the First State to reduce lung cancer mortality by increasing lung cancer screening rates.

Your patients should be screened if they:
  • Have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 or more years, or two packs a day for 15 or more years
  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Are between the ages of 55 and 80
Read this letter from Dr. Karyl T. Rattay, Director, Delaware Division of Public Health, to learn more about the initiative.

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As a participant in this project, Quality Insights will provide your practice with FREE educational materials (such as this Lung Cancer Screening Fact Sheet), online training, and guidance on best practices to initiate patient conversations about lung cancer screening and to implement protocols in your office to increase screening rates.

To join this project, or if you'd like additional information, please email Sarah Toborowski
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For more details about the Prevent Lung Cancer project, please contact Sarah Toborowski.
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Publication number: DEDPH-LC-080918