I-ELCAP

Why is lung cancer screening important?

Lung cancer results in more deaths in the United States than any other cancer; in fact, it accounts for more deaths than breast, cervix, colon, and prostate cancer combined.

Because lung cancer has no symptoms in its early stages, more than 85% of the men and women who are diagnosed with lung cancer today are diagnosed in a late stage, after symptoms occur and when there is very little chance of cure. As a result, approximately 95% of the 173,000 people diagnosed each year die from the disease.

How common is lung cancer?

Lung cancer results in more deaths in the United States than any other cancer; in fact, it accounts for more deaths than breast, cervix, colon, and prostate cancer combined. About 173,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with lung cancer each year and about 164,000 die each year-that's almost 95%.

How long will my appointment take?

The actual CT scan takes only about 5 minutes in total (with set up and scanning time). The scan itself only takes seconds.  The registration and interview with the navigator/coordinator may add an additional 25-30 minutes to your visit.  We recommend setting aside one hour of your schedule for this appointment, even though it is unlikely that the entire hour will be necessary.

I’m interested. How do I make an appointment?

If you are interested in being screened, we recommend that you discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor so that it is a shared decision. If you do decide to undergo screening, please call the coordinator at your nearest member institution. We ask that you be prepared to give the following information:

  • Your name, address, phone number, birth date, and parent’s first names for registration purposes.
  • A time convenient for you to schedule an appointment.

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