About this site

This website is designed to help you make informed, personalized decisions about lung cancer screening.
Who Should Use This Site?
Lung cancer screening is currently only recommended for adults ages 55-80 who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. If you are not sure whether you meet these requirements, this website can help you find out. Enter the requested information in the , and the website will determine whether your smoking history meets the requirements for lung cancer screening. Lung cancer screening is not currently recommended for people who are younger than 55 or older than 80.
Who Runs This Site?
This website was developed by researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College who are interested in helping people and their doctors make informed decisions about health screening.
The site was conceived and designed by:
The site was developed by the Core Applications team at Weill Cornell Medical College http://weill.cornell.edu/its/about/applications-development-and-analytics.html
Who Funds This Site?
This site was created with funding from the Arnold and Arlene Goldstein Family Foundation via a research grant distributed by the Survivorship, Outcomes and Risk Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Public access and site maintenance are supported by the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This site accepts no commercial funding or advertising.
What About My Privacy?
This is a public site, but it is also an anonymous site. We do not collect any personally identifying information. We do not collect your IP address, email, name, birth date or any of 18 pieces of information designated by HIPAA that could be used to identify you (http://cphs.berkeley.edu/hipaa/hipaa18.html).
If you do choose to create a login to save your information on our site, please do not choose a username or password that could be used to identify you. See this list for private information to avoid sharing. (http://cphs.berkeley.edu/hipaa/hipaa18.html)
Because we will not store email addresses, make sure you write down your username and password in a safe place as we will have no way to help you recover it if you forget it. If you do forget this information, you can always create a new username and password.
It is not our intention to provide specific medical advice to users of this website, but rather to provide users with information to help them make informed decisions about lung cancer screening. No information on this site is shared with clinicians at Weill Cornell Medical College or Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. It is up to you to share the summary page with your doctor if you wish to do so.
The personalized estimates of your risk of developing lung cancer, dying from lung cancer and the benefit of screening are based on the information you provide in responses to questions about your age, sex, smoking history and asbestos exposure. Users of this site are responsible for the correctness of the answers they provide. If these answers are incorrect, the risk estimates provided by the site may not be accurate. If you are not certain about the answers to the risk questions, then you should not rely on the personalized estimates provided by the site, but instead speak to your doctor about the benefits of screening for you.
Nothing in this site is intended to replace the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. You should always consult with your doctor for diagnosis and for answers to personal medical questions.
How We Designed This Site
This decision aid was developed using the Ottowa Decision Support Framework (https://decisionaid.ohri.ca/odsf.html) and evidence-based recommendations for risk communication. This site meets International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS) for development and content (http://ipdas.ohri.ca/).
The website you are reading was built using HMTL/Jscript and CSS built over a bootstrap responsive template. The back end is a .Net class library provided by NIH for institutions. The .NET class is what makes up the algorithm for calculating the risk. CF is used to communicate between the .NET classes and the front-end.
Using This Site In Your Research
We welcome collaborators interested in studying the effectiveness and impact of this website in clinical practice. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact Elena Elkin, PhD (mailto:elkine@mskcc.org).