According to published findings from the American Lung Association, about every two and a half minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with lung cancer, and 80 percent of those diagnosed will ultimately die from the disease. It may be hard to believe, but there is a silver lining in that dark cloud known as lung cancer:

More Americans than ever are surviving lung cancer.

How does Louisiana rank?

According to the American Lung Association, “the rate of new lung cancer cases in Louisiana is 66.6 and significantly higher than the national rate of 58.7. It ranks 38th among all states, placing it in the below average tier. Over the last five years, the rate of new cases in Louisiana improved by 8.0%.” The association analysis also touches on these key significant findings:

  • The rate of new lung cancer cases is 68.9 among Black Americans in Louisiana, significantly higher than the rate of 61.1 among Black Americans nationally, and not significantly different than the rate of 67.7 among whites in Louisiana.
  • The rate of new lung cancer cases is 30.9 among Latinos in Louisiana, not significantly different than the rate of 29.9 among Latinos nationally, and significantly lower than the rate of 67.7 among whites in Louisiana.
  • The rate of new lung cancer cases is 35.0 among Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders in Louisiana, not significantly different than the rate of 34.6 among Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders nationally, and significantly lower than the rate of 67.7 among whites in Louisiana.
  • The rate of new lung cancer cases is 21.5 among Indigenous Peoples (American Indians/Alaska Natives) in Louisiana, significantly lower than the rate of 42.0 among Indigenous Peoples nationally, and significantly lower than the rate of 67.7 among whites in Louisiana.

There is much room for improvement

Far too few who are eligible to be screened for lung cancer actually undergo the screening. “For those aged 55-80 with a 30 pack-year history who still smoke or have quit within the last 15 years, screening with annual low-dose CT scans can reduce the lung cancer death rate by up to 20% by detecting tumors at early stages when the cancer is more likely to be curable,” according to the Association’s report.

Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS) performs an ultra-low dose Computed Tomography (CT) lung cancer screening exam. The exam itself takes only about five minutes to complete. Four DIS locations (Covington – Highway 21, Marrero, Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Slidell) offer the technology that can screen for signs of the disease.

Click here to learn more about our CT lung cancer screening services and call 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390 to schedule a visit.