Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women, making up almost 25% of all cancer deaths. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.

Low-dose CT lung cancer screening is one of the simplest screening exams available and offers a wealth of information for the early detection of lung cancer and the most treatment options.

The exam is quick and involves a minimal level of radiation exposure.

CT lung screening
Doctor Using A Stethoscope

CT lung cancer screening is available to patients who:

  • have completed a face-to-face,shared decision-making visit with their provider to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements
  • Are between 55 and 77 years old
  • currently, smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
  • have, at minimum, a 30+ pack-year smoking history (i.e., one pack a day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years, and so onPack Years Calculator)
  • are asymptomatic (without signs or symptoms of lung cancer such as chest pain, unintended weight loss, hemoptysis (coughing up of blood) or active pneumonia)
If you do not qualify for a CT lung screen, your provider may still choose to order a diagnostic CT exam.