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Early Detection and Screening

What is a lung screening?

  • A very detailed picture of the lungs is critical for detecting lung cancer. A low-dose computed tomography scan, commonly called a low-dose CT scan or LCDT, uses both x-rays and computer. images to visualize every segment of lung tissue.  

  • Low-dose CT scans are utilized because they are able to find abnormal or unusual tissue that could be lung cancer. 

  • LDCT does expose you to a small amount of radiation, although it is less than that from a standard CT scan.

  • The scan is non-invasive, painless, and only takes a few minutes.

If you would like to see a 3D model and a walk through of a low-dose CT scan click here for more information

Doctor Operating CT Scanner

What are the qualifications for lung cancer screening?

Between the ages of 50-80 years old

Currently smoking cigarettes or quit in the past 15 years

20 pack-year smoking history*

Click here to take a quiz to see if you are eligible for an early detection lung cancer screening



Click here for the Lung Cancer Screening Locator from the American College of Radiology

*Pack-years is a specific calculation that measures the number of cigarettes smoked per day and the years a person is an active smoker. If you are unsure of your pack-years click here for a pack-year calculator:  

Lung Cancer is the second most common cancer is the leading cause of cancer death

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer, but is the leading cause of cancer death.  

When lung cancer is found at an earlier stage, it is more likely to be cured and has a better survival rate.  

Symptoms of lung cancer do not appear before the disease is at an advanced stage. If you have symptoms that may be from lung cancer it is important to see your doctor or physician. 



Some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer are: 

A cough that does not go away or gets worse

Coughing up blood or rust color sputum(spit or phlegm)

Chest pain that is worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing

 Unexplained weight loss

Shortness of breath

Feeling tired or weak


Loss of appetite

Infections such as bronchitis and/or  pneumonia that does not go away or keeps coming back

New onset of wheezing

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