Lung Cancer Screenings
Are you at risk for lung cancer?
Low-dose helical CT scans are being offered at Indiana University Health University Hospital, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, Indiana University Health North Hospital and Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital for patients who are at a high risk of developing lung cancer. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death not only in the U.S. but also among Hoosiers. Both the incidence rate and mortality rate of lung cancer in Indiana are well above the national averages at 15 percent and 16 percent, respectively, accounting for more than 4,000 Hoosier deaths in 2008 alone. A 2011 National Cancer Institute-sponsored trial demonstrated this technique’s ability to detect smaller nodules than X-rays or CT scans, resulting in a 20 percent decrease in lung cancer mortality.
- Must be older than 55.
- Must have at least a 30 pack year smoking history.
- “Pack year” is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years spent smoking.
- If a former smoker, must not have quit more than 15 years ago.
- Must not have had a CT scan in the last 18 months.
- If you should receive a positive scan, you will be referred to the appropriate clinic for follow-up. All patients will also meet with a smoking cessation specialist.