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CCHD Quit Tobacco Program

The Calvert County Health Department offers a FREE 8-week Quit Tobacco Program where you can:
  • Develop a quitting plan
  • Participate in a weekly support group through class
  • Learn stress management information
  • Learn tools to help manage cravings
  • Get free medication aids
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Early lung cancer shows no signs or symptoms, but if caught early, it is often treatable.

If you or someone in your family is a current or former smoker, you probably worry about their cancer risk, CalvertHealth’s High-Risk Thoracic Clinic is here to help you breathe easier.

Whether you are a current smoker, a previous smoker or even a non-smoker who has been exposed to environmental toxins or secondhand smoke, your lung health matters.

Our lung health program provides:

  • Connection to tobacco cessation resources and support
  • A dedicated nurse navigator to answer any questions you have, every step of the way
  • Lung cancer screenings (low-dose CT scans) through Calvert Medical Imaging Center
  • A collaborative, multidisciplinary team of specialists including interventional radiology, pulmonary, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, thoracic surgery, registered dietitians and pulmonary rehabilitation specialists

To qualify for the low-dose CT scan, patients must:

  • Be between the ages of 50 to 80 years
  • WITH a 20 pack-year smoking history
  • AND is current smoking or has quit within the past 15 years

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Low-dose CT Scan FAQs

Who should be screened?

Currently, lung cancer screening recommendations and coverage of a low-dose CT scan includes:
  • Anyone between the ages of 50 to 80 years
  • WITH a 20 pack-year smoking history
  • AND is currently smoking or has quit within the past 15 years

How often should someone have the lung cancer screening?

  • For current smokers, low-dose CT is recommended yearly until someone has reached 15 years smoke-free.

What is the radiation exposure?

  • The radiation exposure from LDCT is around 1.5 milliseverts, which is about 90 percent less than a regular CT scan.

For more information, contact the High-Risk Thoracic Clinic by calling 410.414.4575.
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