Lung cancer screening

Also known as: Low-dose CT Screening for Lung Cancer
Watch a video featuring Dr. Michael Skokan, pulmonologist, describing the need for lung cancer screening.

What is lung cancer screening?
When people who have no symptoms are tested to detect disease, that process is called “screening".

  • Screening for cancer increases the chance of being diagnosed at an early stage.
  • Early stage diagnosis is associated with much higher cure rates.

Who should get screened for lung cancer?
Providence Lung Cancer Screening criteria is based on Medicare coverage:

  • Adults aged between 55-77 years old
  • Person who has been an active smoker within the past 15 years
  • Person with a greater than or equal to 30 pack-year smoking history (Example: Smoking 1 pack per day x 30 years = 30 pack years; smoking 2 packs per day x 15 years = 30 pack years)
  • Person who has not had a CT Chest scan within the past 12 months

Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery.

What is my risk for lung cancer?
Use this lung cancer screening decision aid to determine if screening is right for you.

Talk to your primary care provider about screening. Your primary care provider will review screening criteria and discuss risk and benefits of screening with you. If you meet criteria the provider will submit the order for screening. Our scheduling department will call to make an appointment at a screening center near you.

Why should I be screened at Providence?
At Providence Cancer Center:

  • We screen with low-dose CT scan for lung cancer, which results in less radiation exposure than standard CT imaging.
  • We meet all specified USPSTF requirements.
  • We comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures such as those developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program.
  • We meet the criteria developed by Lung Cancer Alliance for Lung Cancer Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care.
  • We work with a multidisciplinary clinical team to carry out a coordinated continuum of care for screening, diagnosis and disease management based on best practices which include:
    • Thoracic (chest) radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons and pathologists to evaluate the images and specimens obtained in screening, diagnostic tests, and treatment
    • Specialized, dedicated thoracic (lung) surgeons with extensive experience in minimally-invasive techniques who are committed to annual public reporting on surgical outcomes
    • Medical oncologists and radiation oncologists focused on the care of patients with lung cancer
    • Multiple weekly meetings involving all lung cancer specialists to review cases, make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment, and discuss patient care

How do I contact Providence to learn more about lung cancer screening?
Those interested in lung cancer screening should contact their primary care provider.


Patient referral form

Lung Cancer Screening Patient referral form
Providers please use this form when referring patients to Providence Lung Cancer Screening Program.