CT Lung Cancer Screening
To schedule a CT Lung Cancer Screening:
Bluffton Regional Medical Center
(260) 919-3830 (260) 919-3830
Dukes Memorial Hospital
(765) 472-8044 (765) 472-8044
(260) 416-3006 (260) 416-3006
Kosciusko Community Hospital
(574) 372-7601 (574) 372-7601
(260) 435-7522 (260) 435-7522
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, but an estimated 80 percent of lung cancers could be cured if detected at an early stage.* It is responsible for more deaths annually than breast, prostate and colorectal cancers combined. Lung cancer is second only to heart disease in the number of deaths caused annually.
If you meet the following National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines for high-risk category 1, a physician referral may be required. If you meet category 2 criteria, ask your physician for a referral. CT scans are easy and painless and could save your life because they can detect lung cancer at an early stage, when it is most treatable.
NCCN CRITERIA FOR LUNG CANCER SCREENS
High-risk Category 1
- Age 55 to 74 AND
- Have smoked a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years OR
- Quit smoking less than 15 years ago
High-risk Category 2
- Age 50+ AND
- Have smoked a pack a day for 20 years or more AND
- Have one additional risk factor (other than secondhand smoke)
Additional Risk Factors
- Current smoker or smoking history
- Disease history (COPD or pulmonary fibrosis)
- Family history of lung cancer
- History of cancer
- Radon exposure
- Occupational exposure to arsenic, asbestos, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, coal smoke, diesel fumes, nickel, silica and/or soot
Candidates cannot have signs or symptoms of lung cancer to qualify for a lung cancer screen.
Screening cost can be submitted to Medicare or third party insurance if above criteria is met.
*According to research from the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), CT screening could prevent some 80% of deaths from lung cancer.