Lung Cancer Screening Info: Who and When?

Graphic of person getting screened for lung cancer

Lung cancer is the #1 cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. It is most treatable when found at the earliest stages, so annual screenings are very important. Learn more about lung cancer screening info below.


Understanding Lung Cancer Screening Info

Once a person starts to show symptoms of lung cancer, it may be too late for treatment or cure. At UVA Radiology and Medical Imaging, we recommend annual lung cancer screenings for those who are at a higher risk of developing the disease. Learn more about lung cancer screenings and see if you are eligible:

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An infographic with information about lung cancer screening.

Get more lung cancer screening info at the UVA Cancer Center or call 434-924-9333 to set up an appointment today.

A special thanks to Dr. Michael Hanley and Nurse Practitioner Melissa Stanley for their help with this post.

For more about lung cancer and lung cancer screening info, visit this website from the Lung Cancer Society or this virtual booklet from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. See how to schedule a screening at UVA or calculate your pack years. If you want to quit smoking, see how UVA can help you.





Infographic Text: Lung Cancer Screening
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the United States, accounting for approximately 27% of cancer deaths.
Who should be screened?
  • Only those at high-risk should be screened. You are at high-risk if you meet all three of these qualifications:
    • Age 55-77
    • 30 pack-years (1 pack a day for 30 years or equivalent)
    • Smoked within past 15 years

How does a screening work?

  • Lung screenings are safe and use a Low-Dose CT scan to get the images necessary to potentially detect cancer.
  • Low dose CT scans (LDCTs) use up to 90% less radiation than normal CT scans.
    • What are the risks?
      • A false negative could occur where a nodule isn’t detected but cancer exists.
      • A false positive could occur where a nodule is detected but no cancer exists. This could lead to unnecessary testing.
Where can I be screened?

You’ll want to be screened somewhere that has:

  • Experience with LDCT scans
  • Ability to treat lung cancer if detected

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