Lung Cancer Screening



Epidemiologist Peter Bach discusses new findings that CT screening of high-risk people may detect lung cancer earlier and improve the effectiveness of treatment.

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 between the ages of 55 and 80
  • smoked at least one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 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. These scans have about five times less radiation than conventional CT scans.

We also offer an online tool 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 decision tool.

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.