Lung cancer

It is recommends yearly lung cancer screening with a low-dose CT scan (LDCT) for certain people at higher risk for lung cancer who meet the following conditions:

  • Are aged 55 to 74 years and in fairly good health
    and
  • Currently smoke or have quit smoking in the past 15 years
    and
  • Have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history. (A pack-year is 1 pack of cigarettes per day per year. One pack per day for 30 years or 2 packs per day for 15 years would both be 30 pack-years.)

Before getting screened, you should talk to your health care provider about:

  • Your risk for lung cancer
  • How you can quit smoking, if you still smoke
  • The possible benefits, limits, and harms of lung cancer screening
  • Where you can get screened

You should also talk with your insurance provider about your coverage.

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