Lung Cancer Screening
A lung cancer screening is a test that detects lung cancer in people who show no symptoms of the disease.
What Are the Benefits of Getting a Lung Cancer Screening?
- Screening for cancer increases the rate of detection at an earlier stage of diagnosis.
- If you can detect cancer earlier, you are more likely to have more treatment options and a better outcome.
Who Should Get Screened for Lung Cancer?
Our screening criteria is based on Medicare coverage. We recommend an annual lung cancer screening for adults ages 55 to 77 who meet the following requirements:
- Currently smoke or actively smoked within the past 15 years
- Have at least a 30 pack-year tobacco smoking history
(Example: Smoking 1 pack a day for 30 years equals 30 pack-years. Smoking 2 packs a day for 15 years equals 30 pack-years.)
- Have not had a CT chest scan within the past 12 months
- Do not currently have any symptoms of lung cancer (such as fever, chest pain, new shortness of breath, new or changing cough, coughing up blood, or unexplained significant weight loss)
You can stop screening once you have quit smoking for at least 15 years or if you develop a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability to have lung surgery.
What is My Risk for Lung Cancer?
Talk to your primary care provider about getting screened. They will review screening criteria and discuss the risk and benefits with you. If you meet the criteria, your provider will refer you to get screened.
Why Should I be Screened for Lung Cancer at Providence?
At Providence Imaging Centers:
- We screen with low-dose CT scan, which has less radiation exposure than standard CT imaging.
- We meet all requirements/standards of the US Preventative Services Task Force as well as the Lung Cancer Alliance for Lung Cancer Screening Excellence and Continuum of Care.
- We follow the best practices for quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures as developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Radiology (ACR).
- We work with various specialists, including chest (thoracic) radiologists, pulmonologists, surgeons and pathologists, to evaluate screenings and follow-up tests.
- In the event that you receive a diagnosis, we refer you to one of our specialized lung (thoracic) surgeons with extensive experience in minimally invasive procedures, who is committed to publicly reporting surgical outcomes.
- We can also refer you to medical oncologists and radiation oncologists who specialize in lung cancer.
- Our team meets each week to review cases, make treatment recommendations, and discuss patient care.
How do I Learn More?
If you are interested in a lung cancer screening, please contact your primary care provider. You can also call (310) 303-7050 to speak with our lung cancer screening navigator and find out if you qualify for the lung cancer screening program.
Visit these sites to learn more about lung cancer screening:
Patient referral form
Lung Cancer Screening Patient referral form
Providers, please use this form when referring patients to the Providence Lung Cancer Screening Program.
- Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance
Outpatient Imaging Department
4101 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503
- Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro
1300 W 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732