Lung Cancer Screening
What it is
Lung Cancer Screening with Low Dose CT
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.
Who is it for
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.