Lung Cancer Screening

Early detection means greater survival

What is lung cancer screening?

Lung cancer screening using low-dose scans can help detect lung cancer in its early stages, increasing the chances of successful treatment.

Who's a candidate for a lung screening?

To be eligible for this screening, you must:

  • Be between 50 and 80 years old
  • Have a 20-pack-year history of smoking
    • Multiply your average number of packs smoked per day by the number of years smoking. For example, one pack per day for 20 years, two packs for 10 years, 1/2 pack for 40 years, etc.
  • Still be smoking or have quit within the last 15 years

If you meet these criteria, talk to your primary care provider about whether a CT lung screening is right for you.

What to expect during a lung cancer screening

Before the screening

  • Discuss your health and smoking history with your primary care provider.
  • If you qualify, ask for an order for a CT lung screening.
  • If you don't have a doctor, find a location accepting new patients near you.

During the screening

  • A low-dose spiral CT scan will be used to examine the internal structure of your lungs.
  • The scan uses decreased radiation for less exposure.

After the screening

  • Our team will send the results of your screening to the ordering doctor.

Benefits of lung cancer screening

Lung cancer screening can help detect lung cancer early when treatment is more likely to be successful. This can lead to a better chance of survival and a longer, healthier life. Here are some other benefits of lung cancer screening at WellSpan Cancer Centers:

  • Peace of mind: Lung cancer screening can give you peace of mind by ruling out the presence of lung cancer or by detecting it at an early stage when it's more likely to be curable.
  • Access to advanced technology: WellSpan Cancer Centers offer advanced lung cancer screening technology, such as low-dose spiral CT scans and robotic-assisted Ion Robotic Navigational Bronchoscopy, which can help ensure the most accurate and effective diagnosis possible.