Auglaize health briefs

ST. MARYS — The Diabetic Support Group will meet on Monday evening, March 14 at 7 p.m. in Conference Room One at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital. The morning class will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 10 a.m.

The program for March will be guest speaker Krissy Mullenhour, RN, BSN, CDE, speaking on Carb Counting and Healthy Eating. This month how to properly count carbs to help promote basic portion control and balanced intake will be discussed. In addition, they will discuss using the “Plate Method” and other ways to promote healthier eating for a lifetime.

All diabetics, family members and interested persons are invited to attend. For more information concerning this program or any of Joint Township Hospital’s Diabetic Services, contact the Hospital (419) 394-3335, ext. 2147.

Lung cancer screenings

Screening for cancer means testing for the disease, before there are any symptoms. Grand Lake Health System is offering a new CT lung screening test to detect early-stage lung cancer. The test, a low-dose CT scan of the chest, is one of the most effective ways to detect early-stage lung cancer for high-risk patients. To be eligible for the Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening you must meet all of the following criteria:

• Be between the ages of 55 and 77-years-old

• Currently smoke or have smoked within the last 15 years

• Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack years. (have smoked one pack/day for 30 years)

• Have no current signs or symptoms of lung cancer

• Have not had a CT scan of the chest in the previous 12 months

• Have had an office visit with your healthcare provider to discuss LDCT Lung Screening

• Have an order for the LDCT Lung Screening test from your healthcare provider

If you meet the criteria above, you are encouraged to schedule a visit with your healthcare provider to discuss having a LDCT Lung Cancer Screening test. Once you meet the criteria, you are eligible to have annual screenings. Much like mammography, it is recommended that you have annual Lung Cancer Screening exams. The test is painless and takes less than 20 minutes to complete. Because LDCT Lung Cancer Screening exams are a preventative service, Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies will cover the cost of the screening test and deductible and co-pay are waived. If you have questions regarding coverage, it is advised to check with your insurance plan. The best way to help prevent lung cancer is to never smoke or to stop smoking.