Lung cancer screening: Convenient and saves lives

Why should I get screened for lung cancer?

Current and former smokers have a higher risk for lung cancer. Screening could save our life by catching lung cancer early when it’s more likely to be treatable.

Who can get screened for lung cancer?

If you meet all the criteria below, you are eligible for lung cancer screening:

Age 50 to 80 years old

Have a 20-pack year history of smoking, such as smoking one pack of cigarettes per day for 20 years, or two packs per day for 10 years

Currently smoke cigarettes or quit smoking within the past 15 years

You must have a documented shared decision-making visit with your doctor or primary care provider, and you must have an order for your screening.

Will I feel anything during my lung cancer screening?

It’s painless and quick. You’ll lie on a table that slides in and out of a scanner. The whole process only takes a few minutes and you don’t need to do anything to prepare.

How often should I get screened for lung cancer?

If you qualify for lung cancer screening you should get screened yearly.

Is lung cancer screening covered by insurance or Medicaid?

Confirm coverage with your insurance company or Medicaid.

For more information on lung cancer screening, visit

Kathy Rzeszut is the Providence Imaging Center Marketing and Communications Manager.

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