November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Clark Memorial offers screenings.

October 8, 2015

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Indiana, killing approximately 4,000 Hoosiers each year. However, lung cancer is very treatable if caught in the early stages.  Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, but thousands of non-smokers die each year from exposure to certain chemicals, second-hand smoke or a family history of lung cancer. To help raise awareness of this deadly disease and how it can be prevented, November is recognized as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. 

According to Indiana Facts and Figures 2012, more than 5,200 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed each year. Smoking is the greatest risk factor for the disease, accounting for nearly 87 percent of all lung cancer deaths. Approximately 25 percent of Hoosiers smoke cigarettes.

As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Clark Memorial Hospital is promoting the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 21.  Advice and encouragement and tools for quitting smoking will be available in the lobby of Clark Memorial Hospital, 1220 Missouri Avenue in Jeffersonville, from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM on that day. 

In addition, Clark Memorial Hospital offers a 5-minute risk assessment that saves lives. The assessment, Lung Aware, is free and is available to take on Clark Memorial’s website under screenings.  Completing the Lung Aware Risk Assessment answers the question “Am I at risk for lung cancer?  Should I be screened further for lung cancer? Once an assessment is made Clark Memorial Hospital provides the best technology available for early detection.

A Low Dose CT Lung Screening is the method by which 80 percent of lung cancers are detected. Screening is recommended for patients between the ages of 55-74, current smoker, former smoker in the last 15 years, exposure to occupational carcinogens, prior malignancy, family history of cancer, diagnosed with COPD or pulmonary fibrosis, or prolonged exposure to second-hand smoke. The cost of the Low Dose CT Lung Screening is $99 and can be scheduled by calling (812) 283-2405.