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Lung Cancer Screenings available Nov. 1.

An IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Release

— MUNCIE--Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital is launching a new low cost Lung Cancer Screening for high risk community members on Nov. 1, 2012.

Why is this important? Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in Indiana as well as in Delaware County. More than 30 percent of Delaware County residents that die from cancer suffer from lung or bronchus cancer. Unfortunately lung cancer is very aggressive and many die from the disease within a year of being diagnosed, which is why we would like to catch cancer at the earliest time possible.

To qualify for the screening you must meet five requirements of being high risk:

• Must be between the ages of 55-74
• Currently smoking or having quit no more than 15 years ago
• Be symptom free
• Have more than or equal to a 30 pack year history of smoking (“Pack year” is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years spent smoking.)
• Not had a CT scan of chest in the past year

The screening cost is $49 and includes a CT scan of the lungs and an opportunity to discuss with a healthcare professional the personal risk of lung cancer. If a person does not qualify for the screening they should still have a conversation about lung cancer with their primary care doctor.

Symptoms of lung cancer:

• A new cough or changes in a chronic cough
• Coughing up ANY blood
• Chest pain
• Wheezing
• Hoarseness
• Unexplained weight loss
• Bone pain
• Headache

If you are interested in education about tobacco cessation, please contact the Indiana Tobacco Quitline at 1.800.QuitNow (800.784.8669).

If caught early, lung cancer can be treated and managed. IU Health Ball Memorial would like to help change the course of lung cancer in this community and working with you, identify it as early as possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 765.751.2727. Once an appointment has been scheduled, individuals will be contacted to answer a few more questions before their appointment.

Take time today to look out for you and the health of your family.

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