Lung Cancer Screening

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Recently, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued new recommendations for lung cancer screening based on new information that some people are at increased risk at younger ages and lower tobacco exposure. Please read this story for more information or reach out to our project coordinator, Andrea D’Agostino at 646-668-0254 or dagostia@mskcc.org.
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Listen to lung cancer surgeon Bernard Park explain MSK’s lung cancer screening process.
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Even if you’ve smoked for a long time, quitting today will help lower your chances of getting diseases caused by smoking.

We recommend screening if you:

  • currently smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • are between the ages of 50 and 80
  • have smoked an average of one pack per day for at least 20 years, or the equivalent (for example, two packs a day for 10 years)

Research shows that screening with low-dose CT scans can reduce the risk of death from lung cancer for people at high risk of getting the disease. All CTs deliver a dose of radiation in order to get an accurate scan. The low-dose CT delivers the lowest possible dose while still getting a highly accurate image. The CT scan takes about 5 minutes to complete and does not require any dyes or contrast.

Getting screened could be a breath of fresh air.
See if you are eligible for a lung cancer screening with a two-minute quiz.
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We also offer an online quiz that can help you better understand your risk as well as screening services for those who are at high risk. Learn more about our lung cancer screening quiz.

Lung cancer screening is not a substitute for quitting smoking. We know it can be hard to quit and not start smoking again. But you can do it with the right advice and help. Our Tobacco Treatment Program can help.