By Liz Yates—
MUNCIE, IN— IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and End Lung Cancer Now, an initiative of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, are proud to announce a special event that will be taking place on Veteran’s Day this year. 25 free lung cancer screenings will be available to local veterans as a token of our gratitude for their service and dedication to our nation. The event will take place on November 11th, 2023, from 8 a.m-2 p.m. at the Imaging Center, located at 2598 W White River Blvd in Muncie for veterans that meet the following criteria:
- Aged 50-80
- 20 pack-year smoking history
- Currently smoke or have quit smoking within the last 15 years
This special event aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and screening for lung cancer while honoring those who have selflessly served our country.
Lung cancer is a significant health concern, and early detection can be a crucial factor in improving outcomes for patients. Veterans, who have made immense sacrifices for our nation, often face unique health challenges. IU Health is committed to ensuring their well-being by providing this opportunity for free screenings.
“Lung cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States,” said Dr. Jonathan L. Berkowitz, MD, hematologist/oncologist at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. “Early detection through screening can significantly improve a patient’s chances of successful treatment. By offering these free screenings to our local veterans on Veteran’s Day, we not only contribute to their health but also express our deep appreciation for their service.”
IU Health’s commitment to serving the community extends beyond healthcare, as highlighted by Joseph Primavera, oncology service line leader.
“At IU Health, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve,” Primavera said. “This initiative is a small token of our immense gratitude to our veterans. We want them to know that their sacrifices are not forgotten, and we are here to support their health and well-being.”
Veterans interested in scheduling a free lung cancer screening on Veteran’s Day are encouraged to visit End Lung Cancer Now’s website or call 765.702.1373.
IU Health and End Lung Cancer Now remain dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the community, and this Veteran’s Day initiative is just one example of the never-ending commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of Hoosiers.
About Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital
IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital serves as a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital for East Central Indiana and part of Indiana University Health. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and maintains 1.2 million square feet of facilities. It is part of an elite group of hospitals with Magnet designation for nursing excellence. More than 17,700 patients are admitted every year and more than 300,000 outpatient procedures are completed annually. Jeff Bird, MD, is President. Learn more at iuhealth.org/ball-memorial.