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Cancer Prevention & Screening

Take advantage of screening and diagnostic services to help detect cancer early at Nash UNC Health Care in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Can I Prevent Cancer?

Choose to maintain a healthy lifestyle to reduce your chance of getting cancer. Take these measures:

  • Avoid alcohol or drink in moderation.
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Get regular checkups and talk to your doctor about cancer screening.
  • Know your family history of cancer and talk with your doctor about it.
  • Limit your time in the sun, apply sunscreen, and wear protective clothing.
  • Quit using tobacco. Ask your health care provider for help quitting.

Do I Need to Screen for Cancer?

Think of a cancer screening as a way to protect and preserve your health. A screening can show you’re healthy or help find cancer before you have symptoms. Early detection of cancer means it’s more likely to be treatable. Talk to your primary care doctor about the screenings that are right for you based on your age, gender, and personal and family medical history.

Cancer Screenings Services

If your doctor recommends one or more cancer screenings for you, find the services you need through Nash UNC, including:

Expect your primary care doctor to receive your screening results and share them with you.

Keep Your Health on Track

Partner with a primary care provider for preventive checkups and health screenings.

Is Lung Cancer Screening Right for Me?

Talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening if all three of these statements apply to you:

  • I am between the ages of 55 and 77 years old.
  • I have smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years.
  • I am still smoking or stopped within the last 15 years.

You also should talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening if two of the above statements apply, plus any of the following:

  • I’ve been exposed to radon.
  • I’ve been exposed to asbestos or other cancer-causing agents such as arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, nickel, coal smoke, soot, silica or diesel fumes.
  • I have a history of other cancers.
  • I have a history of lung disease, such as asthma or COPD.
  • I’ve been exposed to secondhand smoke.

Lung Cancer Screening

If your doctor determines you should have lung cancer screening, he or she will refer you for the procedure.

Your lung cancer screening at Nash UNC uses a low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scan to create a series of detailed images of both of your lungs. It’s simple and painless. The scan takes less than a minute and the total appointment time lasts less than 30 minutes.

Cost & Insurance

Check with your health insurance company or Medicare to find out if your plan covers or reimburses for the low-dose CT lung scan for lung cancer screening. If your plan doesn’t cover the procedure, your maximum out-of-pocket cost is $99. Or if you meet financial eligibility guidelines, we can offer other options to help cover the cost.

Screening Results

Depending on your screening results, your doctor may recommend follow-up care.

Genetic Counseling from UNC Cancer Telemedicine

Explore how your personal and family history of cancer may increase your risk of developing cancer. Partner with us for a free genetic counseling session if you’re a Nash UNC patient. Genetic counseling may help guide your medical care now or in the future and provide important information for your family members.

Through Nash UNC, you’ll work with a genetics team at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Your consultation will take place with a medical geneticist or genetic counselor using telemedicine technology. A streaming video screen allows you to talk to your provider in real time.

Community Cancer Awareness

Take part in our outreach programs in partnership with community organizations, like the American Cancer Society, and businesses in Rocky Mount and surrounding areas. Protect your health with education and awareness about cancer risk factors, cancer prevention, and signs of cancer.

Check Your Lung Health

Choose Nash UNC Health Care to perform your lung cancer screening if your doctor recommends one. The quick, painless procedure takes images of both your lungs in less than a minute. Call 252-962-6110 to talk to our cancer navigator about the screening.

Help Quitting Tobacco

Count on the care team at Nash UNC to help you quit smoking to improve your health and reduce your risk of developing cancer. Call 252-962-3473 to find out more about the Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Program.

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