Lung cancer screening
At this time, lung cancer screening is recommended only for adults at high risk. That’s because they have a higher chance of getting the disease.
Being at high risk doesn’t mean you’ll definitely get lung cancer. But, you may need to start regular screening exams. So if you do get cancer, your doctor finds it at its earliest stage. When found early, the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.
Lung Screening Calculator
Use this calculator to find out if you are eligible for lung cancer screening. Lung cancer screening can catch cancer early, when it's easiest to treat. Answer the questions below to find out the next steps for you.
MD Anderson recommends lung cancer screening if you are ages 50-80, are a current smoker (or former smoker who quit in the past 15 years) and have a 20 pack-year smoking history (for example, one pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years).
Check with your insurance provider before scheduling an exam. Not all insurance providers cover the cost of this exam.
Still unsure if lung cancer screening is right for you? Print and share MD Anderson’s lung cancer screening chart with your doctor.
Along with regular exams, practice awareness. This means you should be familiar with your body. That way you’ll notice changes, like a cough that doesn’t go away or chest pain. Then, report them to your doctor without delay.
The screening recommendations on this page apply to adults expected to live for 10 years. They're not for adults who have a health condition that may make it harder to diagnose or treat lung cancer.
Cancer screening exams can detect cancer early, when the chances for successfully treating the disease are greatest.
MD Anderson offers lung cancer screenings at the following locations:
- Bellaire Diagnostic Imaging Clinic
- MD Anderson League City
- MD Anderson The Woodlands
- West Houston Diagnostic Imaging Clinic
- Texas Medical Center