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Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Alliance - Screening Center of Excellence

Power is prevention.

Screening for lung cancer increases the chances of detecting the disease early, when it’s most treatable, and potentially most curable.

The Esophageal and Lung Institute utilizes low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to screen people at high-risk for lung cancer, even when they’re not experiencing symptoms. If you fit either of the criteria below, contact us at 844.AHN.LUNG (844.246.5864) to find out if you quality for a screening:

  • Adult 55 to 74 who has smoked a pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years, and either currently smokes or has quit within the past 15 years
  • Adult who has been exposed to carcinogens through your occupational setting

The National Lung Screening Clinical Trials showed that the screening through the use of LDCT scans saved lives, reducing lung cancer mortality by 20 percent.

If you qualify for the screening program, you will be contacted by an AHN lung cancer Care Navigator, who will inform you about the screening process, location of your screening and details about what the test results could indicate. The screening itself takes only about 15 minutes and requires no preparation or contrast injections. Our nurse navigator will also guide you through follow-up care and critical disease-prevention measures, such as smoking cessation programs.

All participants are eligible for smoking cessation services, whether through AHN or other community organizations, even those who call to inquire about screening but do not qualify.

Lung cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer death. Smoking is the cause of about 85 percent of all lung cancer cases, and the risk increases with age. About 37 percent of U.S. adults are current or former smokers. Participants in the screening are not obligated to return to an Allegheny Health Network facility for treatment or follow-up.