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Published on July 02, 2012

Owensboro Health Launching CT Screening for Lung Cancer

Study found 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths among current or former heavy smokers

OWENSBORO, KY (July 2, 2012) – Today, Owensboro Health begins offering screening for lung cancer that includes a short risk assessment and a low-dose CT scan. The program is fashioned after the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST)—a seven-year study that showed a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer deaths with low-dose CT (as compared to chest X-ray). The study’s findings are significant because they indicate clear evidence of considerable reduction in death with a CT screening test in a randomized, controlled trial.

The NLST, conducted by the National Cancer Institute, involved 53,454 patients and studied lung cancer deaths among current or former heavy smokers ages 55 to 74.  Like the study, Owensboro Health will offer CT screening to anyone in the age group with a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years—either current or former smokers—without signs, symptoms or history of lung cancer.  Unlike the study, anyone screened will not receive a chest X-ray or periodic blood and sputum tests.

Insurance companies are still evaluating whether or not to pay patients for the CT scan. Anthem has said it would pay patients who meet the criteria for screening. Owensboro Health will bill insurance providers but patients may have to pay out-of-pocket for the scan—$250 (includes radiologist’s fee).

A triage nurse in the hospital’s Call Center will guide patients through a series of questions to help determine if they meet the criteria for the screening. Patients may call 1-877-888-6647, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to speak with a nurse. 

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the One Health medical group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit owensborohealth.org.

Media Contact

Rachael Frey

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rachael.frey@owensborohealth.org