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.
A lung scan can detect cancer before any symptoms develop. 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. 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. Without early detection through lung cancer screening, more than 95% of lung cancer patients die within a few years of diagnosis. Getting a lung scan can catch cancer early, when outcomes are much better and up to 90% can be cured.
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.
What Causes Lung Cancer?
Cigarette smoking is the main cause of lung cancer - responsible for over 85% of all lung cancers diagnosed in the United States. People who have never smoked can get lung cancer. The leading cause in non-smokers is long-term exposure to radon gas. Other contributing factors include environmental and occupational exposure to tobacco smoke and certain substances (such as asbestos, silica and radon), lung diseases, family history and poor diet.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
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:
Since smoking also increases the risk of heart disease, you may also qualify for a heart scan. It is often recommended to get the two scans together at the same appointment if you qualify.
Who Should Get A Lung Cancer Screening?
A lung scan 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 may 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.
Ages: Men and Women 55-80
Current smoker or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
Averaged smoking one pack/day for 30 years, two packs/day for 15 years or 3 packs/day for 10 years, etc.
Ages: Men and Women 50+
Current smoker, or have averaged smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years and have one additional risk factor, such as:
Cancer history - Cancers with an increased risk of developing new primary lung cancer include survivors of lung cancer, lymphomas, cancer of the head and neck and smoking-related cancers
Lung disease history - such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pulmonary fibrosis
Family history of lung cancer (parent or sibling)
Radon exposure (mines, tunnels, caves, power plans or with fertilizers)
Those who qualify for a lung scan also qualify for the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) vascular screening for an additional $10.
Lung Scan Cost
At Franciscan Health a lung scan costs $49. If you qualify for a heart and lung scan, you can get both done together at one appointment, for the same cost.
The lung scan is covered by Medicare for qualified individuals. Please consult your primary care physician if you would like to have this service covered by Medicare.
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.