Lung Cancer Screening Program

Monday, January 6, 2020

Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), offered through the Lung Cancer Screening Program at Catholic Health Services (CHS), can help reduce the risk of death for patients with a history of smoking.

Lung Cancer Statistics

Lung cancer claims more lives every year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 142,670 people died from lung cancer in 2019 — 23.5% of all cancer deaths that year.

There were estimated to be 228,150 new cases of lung cancer in the U.S. in 2019, accounting for almost 13% of all new cancer cases.

The Benefits of LDCT

  • LDCT uses significantly less ionizing radiation than a traditional chest CT scan.
  • LDCT can reduce the chance of lung cancer mortality among patients and is the only recommended screening option for lung cancer.
  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual LDCT screenings for lung cancer in certain patients.
  • Only 4.4% of people who were eligible for LDCT took advantage of these screenings during the years 2010 and 2015, according to the CDC.

Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility

Candidates for LDCT screening at CHS must:

  • Be 55-77 years old
  • Be a current smoker or have quit smoking in the past 15 years
  • Have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Have a history of smoking:
    • 1 pack of cigarettes daily for 30 years, or
    • 2 packs a day for 15 years

Visit to learn more about the Lung Cancer Screening Program at CHS.