Ritchie Regional Health Center will once again be hosting LUCAS - the WVU Cancer Institute’s mobile lung cancer screening unit!
Although RRHC has hosted LUCAS numerous times this year, on Thursday, September 22, LUCAS will be parked at the Doddridge County Farmer’s Market located at the West Union City Park, N Bend Rails to Trail in West Union. LUCAS is scheduled to be there 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., but an appointment needs to be made. A doctor’s order and prior authorization from insurance are also required for the screening. Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance are accepted. Funding may be available to cover the cost of the screening for eligible uninsured WV residents. Please call 304-699-0949 to schedule an appointment or with any additional questions.
LUCAS - the 48-foot unit, equipped with state-of-the-art lung cancer screening technology - provides lung cancer screening and refers patients in need of a follow-up to facilities close to their homes. Building upon the successful operations and infrastructure of the mobile mammography unit, Bonnie’s Bus, LUCAS is part of the WVU Cancer Institute Mobile Cancer Screening Program, which is focused on bringing cancer prevention services to underserved communities throughout the state.
More West Virginians die from lung cancer than colorectal, prostate, and breast cancer combined. Approximately 120,000 West Virginians are eligible for lung cancer screening, but only about two to four percent of those eligible for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) are currently being screened. Most West Virginia counties do not currently have access to LDCT in their area.
The WVU Cancer Institute Mobile Cancer Screening Program is coordinated by Cancer Prevention and Control and is a partnership between the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals.
For more information about LUCAS, contact Cancer Prevention and Control at 304-293-2370 or 877-287-2272 (toll-free), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get a lung cancer screening without having to travel very far! With regular screenings, cancer may be detected earlier, when it is easier to treat and cure. Call 304-699-0949 to schedule an appointment today!