Lung Cancer Screening Program
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and worldwide.
Lung cancer may be detected with a screening test called a low-dose computed tomography (low-dose CT) scan. This screening test can detect lung cancer at early stages.
Low-dose CT scan benefits
- Low-dose CT scans can detect very small nodules (small amounts of extra tissue) in the lung.
- Lung cancer found by this screening is often at an early stage of disease, which is better for treatment and outcomes.
- The screening is painless and not invasive.
- A low-dose CT scan uses up to 90 percent less ionizing radiation than regular CT scans, and no radiation remains in the body after the scan.
Low-dose CT scan criteria
You may be eligible for an annual low-dose CT to screen for lung cancer if any of the following apply to you*:
- Former and current smokers ages 55-80
- Former and current smokers who smoked at least one pack per day for 30 years (unless you quit more than 15 years ago)
- Have other risk factors, including occupational (job-related) or environmental exposures
*NOTE: Please talk with your doctor if you are interested in a lung cancer screening exam, have questions about the criteria, or would like more information.
Meet our coordinator
Janet Cady, RN, MSN, CEN is our program coordinator. Janet is responsible for ensuring the program optimizes the quality of life for adults in central Pennsylvania through the early detection of lung cancer, by use of evidence-based best practices and a team approach.
About our lung nodule program
Along with offering at-risk patients low-dose CT lung cancer screenings, Mount Nittany Health also has a lung nodule program that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for adults by providing early detection of lung cancer and best practices in lung nodule care, using a multi-specialty healthcare team. Learn more about the lung nodule program, a service made possible by a gift from Lloyd and Dottie Huck to the Mount Nittany Health Foundation. Read about the Huck’s gift to the lung nodule program, which was featured in a recent edition of our Insights magazine.