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Lung screening involves a scan of your lungs using a low-dose CT (LDCT) machine. The scan is free and takes place at a hospital in your community.
A low-dose CT scan is a safe and effective way to screen for lung cancer and can pick up much more than a chest x-ray can.
Lung screening is best for those who are at high-risk for lung cancer and who are not experiencing any symptoms. This usually includes people who are:
- 55 to 74 years of age;
- Currently smoking or have smoked in the past; and,
- Have a smoking history of 20 years or more.
If you think you meet these requirements, please call the Lung Screening Program at 1-877-717-5864 to complete a consultation and risk assessment over the phone. Not everyone who meets the above requirements will be eligible for lung screening. A risk assessment over the phone is needed to confirm eligibility.
For more information see BC Cancer: BC Cancer Screening: Lung/Get Screened and BC Cancer: Lung
Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine