Lung Cancer Screening 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 858-657-7777.

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?

Screenings are tests given before any symptoms develop. 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 years 

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.

Same-Day Results

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. 

Kick It

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 858-657-7777.

Cancer Prevention Through Lifestyle

You may be able to further reduce your cancer risk and improve how you feel with these lifestyle choices.