Smoking is a major risk factor for developing lung cancer. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, our Lung Cancer Screening Program provides low-dose lung CT screening to current and former smokers who are at a high risk for developing this disease.
Who We Screen
Through this program, we provide low-dose CT screening for people who:
- are a current smoker, or former smoker who quit within the last 15 years
- are between the ages of 55 and 80
- have smoked an average of one pack per day for at least 30 years, or the equivalent (for example, two packs a day for 15 years)
Our eligibility criteria and screening schedule are based on the results of the National Lung Screening Trial, which found that lung cancer deaths were decreased by 20 percent in people who had annual low-dose CT scans over two years. (1) At MSK, we work to ensure that we are delivering the lowest CT radiation dose possible while still getting highly accurate scans.
Initial Visit and Follow-Up Scans
On the day of your first appointment, we will confirm that you are eligible for screening. If you are eligible, we will perform a low-dose lung CT scan, which will take less than five minutes.
Test results are typically available within 24 hours. A Memorial Sloan Kettering nurse will call you with your test results and let you know if any additional steps are recommended.
Scheduling Your Screening
Appointments are available at most MSK locations. For additional information about screening, to schedule an appointment, or to learn more about insurance coverage for screening, please call 646-497-9163.
If you are a current smoker and would like to receive support in quitting, we encourage you to participate in our Smoking Cessation Program.