Lung Cancer Screening

Detecting lung cancer early in current and former smokers

If you are a current or former smoker, you’re at risk for lung cancer. If doctors find the disease early, when the tumor is located only in the lungs, up to 75 percent of people survive five years or more, and many are cured.

We were part of a national study in 2010 that found CT lung screening resulted in a 20 percent lower chance of dying from lung cancer compared with those screened by chest X-ray. Screening for lung cancer is a process, not a single test. Individuals who qualify for lung cancer screening should have a CT scan once a year until they have gone 15 years without tobacco smoke.

Ready to quit smoking and lower your lung cancer risk? Our tobacco treatment services can start you on the journey to a tobacco-free life.

Am I eligible for a CT scan for lung cancer?

Not all current or former smokers need a CT scan to screen for lung cancer. These scans are recommended for people who:

  • Are 55 to 77 years old
  • Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years
  • Have smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or more or the equivalent (for example, you may have smoked two packs a day for 15 years)
  • Have not had a chest CAT- Scan within the last 12 months. 
  • Have not been diagnosed with cancer

How do CT scans for lung cancer work?

Our screening process has three steps:

  1. CT scan: The CT scan is quick and painless. It uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to create detailed images. You don’t have to worry about receiving too much radiation during screening. Our low-dose CT scan technology means you’ll experience about a quarter of the radiation emitted by standard CT scans.
  2. Scan review: We will review your CT scan for abnormalities.
  3. Results and follow-up: We will send findings from the CT scan and any recommendations for follow-up to you and your primary care doctor.

Screening for lung cancer is a process, not a single test. Individuals who qualify for lung cancer screening should have a CT scan once a year for three years. If the screening finds abnormalities, we will recommend a follow-up visit with a lung cancer specialist.

Where can I get a CT scan for lung cancer?

You can select the location nearest you to make an appointment for a lung cancer screening:

  • Henry Ford Health Center - Brownstown*
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital - Clinton Township
  • Henry Ford Medical Center - Fairlane
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Medical Center - Cottage
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital*
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital*

* - Location Coming Soon

You may be eligible for our low dose cancer screening program with no co-pay or deductibles from your insurance company 

Are you eligible for lung cancer screening?

If you have questions about eligibility or want to learn more, call us at 313-916-1275 or contact our team.

Do you qualify?

Contact our lung cancer screening team

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