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.
What causes lung cancer?
You are at greater risk for lung cancer if you:
- Use tobacco products
- Have been exposed to secondhand smoke
- Are a heavy alcohol user
- Eat a diet low in fruits and vegetables, and high in cholesterol
- Have been exposed to asbestos, paint, mustard gas, and other chemicals
- Have been exposed to radon gas and/or air pollution
- Have a family history of lung cancer
- Have a personal history of tuberculosis
You are eligible for a screening if you:
- Are 55 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 30 or more years, or two packs a day for 15 or more years
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.
- 55 to 80 years of age
- Current smoker or a smoker who quit within the last 15 years
- Calculated pack years of 30 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.