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.

How will I benefit from a low dose lung cancer screening CT?

The benefits of lung cancer screening CT scans are highest for those with significant lung cancer risk.

ELCAP and its expanded research collaboration, the International ()I-ELCAP has focused on patients at a high risk for lung cancer. Several factors contribute to lung cancer risk.  They are age; smoking history; environmental exposure to carcinogens like asbestos, beryllium, uranium, or radon; and exposure to second hand smoke. The older you are and the more you've smoked or been exposed to smoke and other carcinogens, the higher your risk.

Why is lung cancer screening especially important in communities of color?

In communities of color--which traditionally have limited access to health care information, diagnostic procedures, and medical treatment--lung cancer kills at disproportionately higher rates. The disease accounts for 25% of all cancers diagnosed in African American men; this is almost double the rate of lung cancer deaths for the overall US population. The lung cancer mortality rate for African American men is more 46% higher than that of white men.  Cancer death rates among African American women are 20% higher than among white women.

What will a screening participant be asked to do?

Each participant, with guidance from the healthcare navigator, will be asked to fill out a confidential questionnaire on smoking habits and other relevant risk factors for lung cancer.  This information is important to the radiologist reading the CT scan. The participant also signs a standard CT scan consent form.  It reminds each participant to return for the next annual screening, one year after the prior screening.  This is very important as it is these repeated annual screenings that truly save lives.