Annual lung cancer screenings can find cancer in its earliest stage, when up to 90 percent can be cured. Franciscan Health provides early detection screening to help increase the chance of surviving from lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer for both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. The major cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking - responsible for over 85% of all lung cancers diagnosed in the United States. Other contributing factors include environmental and occupational exposure to tobacco smoke and certain substances (asbestos, silica, radon), lung diseases, family history and poor diet.
Without early detection lung cancer screening, more than 95 percent of lung cancer patients die within a few years of diagnosis. Most lung cancers are first diagnosed based on symptoms Which unfortunately don’t occur until the disease is in the latter stage and treatment options are limited.
Symptoms of lung cancer are not very specific and generally reflect damage to the lungs’ ability to function. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
Based on findings released in the 2010 National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), Franciscan Health was the first in Indiana and one of the first in the nation to offer a lung CT screening program for the early detection of lung cancer. The lung screening is safe, simple, non-invasive and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure. The lung screening is safe, simple, non-invasive and results in a minimal amount of radiation exposure.
Since smoking also increases the risk of heart disease, you may also qualify for a heart scan. It is often reccomended to get the two scans together at the same appointment if you qualify. Check to see if there are any discounts for scheduling a lung and heart scan together at your location.
The screening is recommended for men and women who meet the below criteria. The criteria on this page is offered as general information, to help you determine if you may be a candidate for a lung screen. Criteria at each location will vary. Please call if you would like to schedule a lung screen, or if you are not sure if you meet the criteria, and a staff member can help guide you.
Must meet the following criteria:
Current smoker, or have averaged smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and have one additional risk factor, such as:
Your insurance may cover part or all of a screening or screening combination. If it doesn't, or you do not have insurance, below is what you will pay at any Franciscan Health facility that offers this. Not all screenings are available at every facility and you must meet the qualifications for each. Please ask which services are offered at you location.
|Heart/Lung Scan Combo*||$49|
|Heart/Vascular Screening Combo*||$79|
|Lung/Vascular Screening Combo*||$79|
|Heart/Lung/Vascular Screening Combo*||$79|
*Combo screenings are only offered at these locations: Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Indianapolis, Mooresville and Munster.