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.
We now offer a Lung Cancer Screening Clinic to provide early detection lung cancer screenings. The Lung Cancer Screening Clinic works with you and your doctor to see if you can benefit from this early detection screening.
The lung cancer screening clinic includes pulmonologists, nurse practitioners, nurses and smoking cessation counselors. We work together with radiologists, oncologists, surgeons and other Henry Ford specialists to manage your health conditions and to help you achieve your health goals.
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
Should I Get Screened?
Not everyone needs to be screened for lung cancer. Find out if you're at risk and need to schedule a screening.
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.
Scan review: We will review your CT scan for abnormalities.
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 until they have gone 15 years without tobacco smoke. If the screening finds abnormalities, we will recommend a follow-up visit with a lung cancer specialist.