Lung Cancer Screening - CHI Health, Nebraska (NE) - Southwest Iowa (IA)

Who is at risk for lung cancer?

Current and former smokers are still at highest risk for lung cancer. Unfortunately, lung cancer remains very common and deadly. Finding lung cancer early can lead to more options and better outcomes. By calling the CHI Health Lung Health Center, 402-717-LUNG, we can visit with you and determine if you would be a good candidate to undergo a screening.

What is the screen and how is it performed?

Based on new evidence and recently released guidelines, we now recommend a low dose CT scan to screen for lung cancer. This is slightly more sophisticated than an x-ray. It’s a very simple test. It’s painless and performed with you lying on your back. It takes only a few seconds but we get very detailed pictures of your lungs and can detect a small spot in the lung that could prove to be an early lung cancer.

Who is eligible for the screen?

We are currently screening people who are at highest risk for lung cancer. These include:

  • Current smokers ages 55-74 who have smoked  a pack of cigarettes or more every day for 30 years or more
  • Former smokers ages 55-74 who have quit within the last 15 years

Are there any side effects from the screen?

There are really no side effects from the screen. The patient is only exposed to a small amount of radiation.

What should you do if you’re concerned about lung cancer?

If you are concerned about lung cancer, call 402-717-LUNG (5864) to get in for a screening. The screening is simple and offers high risk patients an opportunity to detect lung cancer at its earliest stage.