Lung Cancer High-Risk Program
The earlier you are diagnosed with lung cancer, the better your prognosis.
This is why we offer lung cancer screening to current and former smokers.
Your doctor can refer you to our program or you can call us directly. A screening coordinator will determine your eligibility and answer any questions you may have. To make an appointment, call 877-586-4727.
Accredited Lung Cancer Screening
Our center is accredited by the American College of Radiology, which means that our doctors, facilities and CT scanning equipment meet rigorous lung cancer screening standards. UC San Diego Health is ranked among the nation's best in both cancer care and pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report.
Who Should Be Screened for Lung Cancer?
We recommend screening for those who fit these criteria:
- Between the ages of 55 and 77
- Current smoker or former smoker who quit smoking within the past 15 years
- Smoking history of 30 or more pack years
- No signs or symptoms of lung disease
Many insurance plans, including Medicare, cover lung cancer screening for those who fit these criteria.
Lung Cancer Screening
Your cancer screening is based on the results of a low-dose CT scan of your lungs. The scan produces detailed cross-sectional images of your lungs, which a radiologist examines for signs of disease.
After your CT scan, you'll meet with a doctor that same day to review your results. Your doctor will provide recommendations that could include tobacco counseling, additional tests and scans, or referral to a lung cancer specialist.
Lung Cancer Screening Specialists A team approach to your care
Make an appointment with one of our lung cancer screening specialists to prevent or detect cancer early, when it is most treatable.
We can help you quit.
The best way to prevent lung cancer is to stop smoking. Research shows that even heavy smokers can significantly lower their risk of lung cancer when they quit smoking. Our lung cancer screening program has a tobacco treatment specialist on staff who can help you stop smoking. For more information, call 877-586-4727.
Cancer Prevention through Lifestyle
You may be able to further reduce your cancer risk and improve how you feel with these lifestyle choices.