Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, causing more deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined. In Indiana, it is estimated there were 5,500 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed and 4,000 deaths due to lung cancer in 2017.
A screening test performed with a low-dose CT scan is helping to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, which can greatly improve survival rates. The screening recommendations come from the National Lung Screening Trial that found people who got a low-dose CT scan had a 20% lower chance of dying from lung cancer.
Low-dose CT Lung Cancer Screening is recommended for individuals who:
- Are between 55 and 77 years of age
- Are currently a smoker or have quit smoking within the past 15 years
- Have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, one and a half packs a day for 20 years or two packs per day for 15 years
- Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
Individuals meeting the above criteria should obtain a screening order from their healthcare provider. A nurse navigator is available to answer questions for patients who receive the screening. Community Healthcare System hospitals offer these screenings at our hospitals and outpatient centers in East Chicago, Hobart, Munster, Portage, Schererville, St. John and Valparaiso. To schedule a screening call toll-free 1-800-809-9828