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If you smoke now or were a smoker, a low-dose CT scan can detect cancer at an early stage, when it’s most treatable.

In most cases, lung cancer doesn’t have symptoms until it is life-threatening. Early detection through a lung cancer screening can protect your health and possibly save your life. Talk with your health care provider to learn if a lung cancer screening is right for you. A free lung cancer screening could be available to you through Screening for Life.

Doctors examining a CT Scan from a lung cancer screening.

Who should be screened:

Anyone 50 to 80 years of age who is a current smoker or a smoker who quit within the last 15 years who smoked 20 pack years or higher. Pack years can be calculated by multiplying the number of cigarettes you smoked per day by the number of years you smoked.

Causes

What causes lung cancer?

You are at greater risk for lung cancer if you:

Eligibility

You are eligible for a screening if you:

  • Are 50 to 80 years of age
  • Are a current smoker or a smoker who quit within the last 15 years
  • Smoke or smoked a pack a day for 20 or more years, or two packs a day for 10 or more years

Screening should be discontinued once a person:

  • Has not smoked for 15 years
  • Develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery

Updated in April 2021

Eligibility tool

Find out if you should get a lung cancer screening.

A lung cancer screening is a low-dose CT scan. This type of lung screening can find lung cancer at its early stages, when it is most treatable. Learn if you are eligible.

  1. 50 to 80 years of age
  2. Current smoker or a smoker who quit within the last 15 years
  3. Calculated pack years of 20 or higher*

*Your pack years can be calculated by multiplying the number of cigarettes you smoked per day by the number of years you smoked.

Updated in April 2021

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Results

  1. Are you 50 to 80 years of age?

  2. Which statement best describes your smoking history?

  3. How much do you or did you smoke?

You qualify for a low-dose CT scan.

A Screening Nurse Navigator can schedule a screening for you now.

Schedule a screening now

You currently do not meet the guidelines for low-dose CT screening.*

However, we encourage you to consult with your health care provider about your risk for lung cancer.

If you smoke, the best thing you can do for your health is to quit. Visit quitsupport.com or enroll in the Delaware Quitline by calling 1-866-409-1858 for help to quit smoking online, by phone, or in-person.

*As per U.S. Preventive Services Task Force or Medicare.

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Nurse Navigators

Delaware nurse navigators can help you get screened for cancer.

Whether you have insurance or not, Delaware nurse navigators can help you get screened for cancer and provide follow-up help when you get your results. Choose from the list below to call a nurse navigator directly, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or click the call request button to have a nurse navigator contact you.

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