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Lung Cancer Screenings and Tests

For many diseases and conditions, regular screening makes sense.

Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. More people die from lung cancer every year than from breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers combined.

In many cases, early detection can reduce the risk of death from lung cancer.

Is Lung Cancer Screening for Me?

If you meet any of the criteria below, you should receive a lung cancer screening:

  • You're between the ages of 55 and 74.
  • You're a current smoker or a former smoker within the past 15 years.
  • You have a 30 pack-year history of smoking (one pack per day for a year equals a pack-year).

At your lung cancer screening, you will meet with a respiratory therapist and have a CT chest scan. A CT scan takes about two to three minutes.

Other tests for diagnosing lung cancer may include:

  • Endobronchial ultrasound to take pictures of the lung.
  • Needle biopsy to remove a small piece of tissue from the tumor.
  • Imaging scans to produce detailed pictures of the lung.

Contact Us About Lung Cancer Screenings and Care

Contact UPMC Hillman Cancer Center about lung cancer screenings at 412-623-LUNG (5864).