Health
Thursday, March 16, 2017
 
Marquez-Dyer joins La Red Carol Marquez-Dyer has joined La Red Health Center (LRHC) as a behavioral health consultant. Carol is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker with over 12 years of experience. She has a master of social work and a bachelor of science in recreation from Delaware State University and is certified in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy through the Division of Child Mental Health. Carols work experience spans multiple settings including non-profits, the State of Delaware Division of Social Services and private practice. Her position is partially funded by a grant from the Arsht-Cannon Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation to increase access to mental health care at LRHCs Milford Family Practice Site. For more information, call 855-1233 or visit www.laredhealthcenter.org.

Screening detects lung cancer sooner Nanticoke Health Services has unveiled a new low-dose Computed Tomography (CT) lung cancer screening program aimed at detecting lung cancer earlier and reducing lung cancer deaths. The program is for high-risk patients who may have undiagnosed lung cancer. Although lung cancer remains a leading cause of death in the United States, there has been a gap in early cancer detection. Often, by the time an individual experiences symptoms of lung cancer, the cancer may have already spread.

This is what makes lung cancer so dangerous and early detection key. When lung cancer is diagnosed and treated early, the survival rate increases to more than 70 percent. Using a low-dose CT scan reduces a patients exposure to radiation from the test while taking cross-sectional images of the lungs. These images reveal nodules too small to show on a traditional chest X-ray. This is important for early detection of lung cancer. The larger the tumor when it is found, the higher the chance the cancer has already spread to other parts of the body. For those at a higher risk for lung cancer, most insurances cover the cost of a low-dose CT lung cancer screening. Criteria for most insurances to cover the screening are:
  • 55 to 80 years of age
  • Current smoker or quit smoking in the past 15 years
  • Have a greater than or equal to 30 pack year history equals one pack a day for 30 years
  • Do not currently have symptoms for lung cancer
People with no insurance may qualify for Delawares Screening for Life program. For more information about Nanticokes lung cancer screening, visit www.nanticoke.org/lungcancer or call your primary care physician.