Enhancing Accessibility to Lung Cancer Screening
Lifesaving lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LCS) has a low rate of adoption (ca. 10%) among eligible individuals compared to mammography (ca. 80%) and colorectal cancer screening (ca. 80%), in part due to lack of awareness by referring providers and patients. Access to and utilization of LCS has been particularly challenging for rural and racial/ethnic minority groups, who are more likely to live more than 30 minutes away from a designated LCS center, be underinsured, and have lower health literacy levels. Inadequate access to care and low utilization rates for LCS present an opportunity for patient and caregiver advocates, community health organizations, medical professionals, cancer centers, health systems, payers, and industry partners to work together to promote health equity, reduce healthcare disparities, and enhance accessibility to lifesaving and effective lung cancer screening.
Please Join Us
Please join the lung cancer community for National Lung Cancer Screening Day on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Creating lung cancer survivors is the mission of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable (NLCRT), which was established by the American Cancer Society in 2017. As part of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and in partnership with the American College of Radiology (ACR), the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, and the Radiology Healthy Equity Coalition (RHEC), we are promoting this life-saving event to screen more individuals and raise awareness about lung cancer screening. The President’s Cancer Panel recommends lung cancer screening as the single most effective strategy for reducing mortality from the disease and closing the gap in health equity. To achieve this goal, the President’s Cancer Panel has charged individuals, health systems, and communities with communicating and promoting lung cancer screening.
To participate, lung cancer screening centers nationwide are being encouraged to open their doors to patients on Saturday, November 12, 2022. This will allow individuals who cannot take time off from work to be screened, increasing the accessibility of lung cancer screening overall. Through the promotion of National Lung Cancer Screening Day, screening centers are not only extending screening opportunities to those who may be unaware of this effective, lifesaving screening option, they are also increasing awareness of lung cancer screening within their community.
Marketing and Instructional Materials
For more information and to participate in National Lung Cancer Screening Day, please sign up here to support LCS Screening Day. The following complementary marketing and instructional materials will be sent to you when you register:
- Two overview videos featuring Dr. John Williams, Chair of the President’s Cancer Panel, directed at patients and providers
- Promotional flyers for patients, available in English and Spanish
- Logistics Guide for opening a screening center on a Saturday
- Patient-centered marketing email template
- Sample press release for facilities to engage their local news platforms
- An order form for lung & white ribbon lapel pins
- For Patients: Featuring Dr. John Williams, Chair of the President’s Cancer Panel
- For Providers: Featuring Dr. John Williams, Chair of the President’s Cancer Panel
Contact the team here with any questions
Please spread the word to your colleagues, health systems, and screening centers partners so that they may engage their communities and provide lung cancer screening on National Lung Cancer Screening Day, Saturday, November 12, 2022.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our shared mission to create lung cancer survivors!