If you’ve smoked for a long time, you should consider getting screened for lung cancer, which is done using a low-dose CT scan.
We recommend screening if you:
- 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)
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. At MSK, we work to ensure that we are delivering the lowest CT radiation dose possible while still getting highly accurate scans.
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’s tough. But if you’re a smoker and you’re thinking about getting screened for lung cancer, we urge you to give our tobacco treatment program a call.