Lung Cancer Screening Initiatives

The American Lung Association is working to increase lung cancer screening rates in communities across the country.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in America, but there is hope. Screening can help find lung cancer at an early stage when it may be easier to treat. 

About the Lung Cancer Screening Initiatives

To increase lung cancer screening rates across the country, we are integrating public health equity best practices through building awareness and reducing barriers to care, increasing early-stage cancer diagnosis and early intervention, reducing morbidity and mortality rates, and by providing appropriate patient support to lung cancer screening referrals and facilitate low-dose CT (LDCT) for all individuals who are considered at high risk for lung cancer.

Goals

Our Goals Are To:

  • Provide patient support through reducing out-of-pocket costs for care, improving access to preventative services, and increasing early detection and community demand for cancer screening services.
  • Support quality improvement and program enhancements of partnering health systems and community-based organizations.
  • Increase education and awareness of lung cancer screenings within the community and health systems.
Audience

Individuals at High Risk

To reflect the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and Medicare guidelines on lung cancer screenings, our audience includes individuals who are considered at "high risk" for lung cancer. To be considered eligible for a LDCT, individuals must meet all criteria listed below: 

  • 50 – 80 years of age (50-77 years of age for Medicare) 
  • Have a 20 pack-year history of smoking (this means 1 pack a day for 20 years, or 2 packs a day for 10 years) 
  • AND, currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years 

If you do not meet the eligibility criteria or if this screening falls outside of your insurance coverage, we recommend that you talk with your primary care provider about any lung health concerns you may have.

Impact

Helping Communities

Our initiatives have made an impact across the country. Between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024 our team has:

  • Partnered with 11 grant-funded health system and community-based organizations. 
  • Referred more than 13,000 patients to a lung cancer screening and saw over 10,000 individuals receive a lung cancer screening.   
  • Developed and hosted Quality Improvement trainings for partnering healthcare professionals on the importance of tobacco cessation integration. 
  • Worked with 7 locally trusted community-based organizations nationwide to host outreach events to improve lung cancer awareness and tobacco cessation. 
  • Registered 6 health system staff for the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training. 
  • Supported over 70 individuals with barriers to care by offering financial assistance to lung cancer screenings.

Programs & Support

Lung Health Navigators

Lung Health Navigators

Through the Lung Cancer HelpLine, our Lung Health Navigators can help determine if individuals are eligible for screening and to guide them each step of the way. 

Individuals who meet the USPSTF/Medicare criteria for a lung cancer screening are encouraged to reach out to our knowledgeable Lung Health Navigators to determine if they are eligible for screening and to guide you each step of the way. Individuals can receive guidance for: 

  • Finding screening centers 
  • Financial support for screenings (only available in qualifying states) 
  • Scheduling assistance 
  • Financial assistance for transportation to/from LDCT
  • Tobacco cessation referral

Interested individuals can contact the Lung Health Navigators via phone, by calling 844-ALA-LUNG. Alternatively, an email or interest form through our dedicated Lung Cancer HelpLine website can also be submitted.

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Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco Cessation Integration

The Lung Association offers a variety of tools, resources, and support to individuals quit tobacco use.

  • There’s a Freedom From Smoking® option for every person and every setting. Freedom From Smoking® program has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans end their addiction to nicotine and begin new tobacco-free lives.  
  • The American Lung Association Lung Helpline and Tobacco Quitline offers one-on-one telephone counseling services with certified tobacco treatment specialists. 
  • Don’t know where to start? View our how-do guide to help you on the path to quitting for good! 

The American Lung Association’s highly effective Freedom From Smoking® is used by employers, hospitals, health plans and other organizations to help the individuals they serve become tobacco-free for life. 

The Lung Cancer Screening Initiatives work to integrate tobacco cessation programs into existing lung cancer screening centers and offers a chance for individuals to register and be certified as Freedom From Smoking® facilitators. The program offers a structured, systematic approach to quitting, and its positive messaging emphasizes the benefits of better health. The Freedom From Smoking® facilitator training is an eight-hour interactive course designed to prepare individuals to lead FFS groups.  

Interested Lung Cancer Screening Initiative partners can reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Current Initiatives

The map below includes all lung cancer screening initiatives, whether they are state or local*, and their available patient assistance resources.** We encourage individuals to call the Lung Cancer HelpLine if they are interested in a LDCT regardless of whether there is an initiative in their area.  

This map stays up to date with current and ongoing Lung Cancer Screening initiatives. For any questions about the American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Screening initiatives, email [email protected].

 

*as funding is available

**courage kits only available in certain markets

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Resources and Toolkits

Tobacco Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening Toolkit for Health Systems

Coming soon!

Tobacco Cessation and Lung Cancer Screening Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations

Coming soon!

The Lung Cancer Helpline collaborates with partnering local health system and community-based organization staff to identify new and existing patients that may need support. We ask that you send a referral form to our Lung Health Navigator at [email protected]. All referral forms can be found in our resource library. Please see below for additional resources and links to support your lung cancer screening efforts.

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