Lung Cancer Screening

Finding lung cancer in its earliest stage offers the best chance of successful treatments. That’s why screening for lung cancer is important if you are at an increased risk.

Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center is passionate about routine screenings for those at risk for lung cancer and many other cancer types at our NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Our high-risk lung cancer screening program focuses on finding cancer as early as possible, even before symptoms occur, so you can take steps to protect your health. These screenings are essential to lung cancer prevention. The high-risk screening uses low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to help detect the disease at its earliest, a method proven to reduce mortality due to lung cancer, compared with the standard chest x-ray. This program is the first of its kind in the Bronx, where the smoking rate is the second highest in New York City, at 16.2%. The program is offered to individuals who meet the criteria established in the landmark National Lung Screening Trial sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. Eligible patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Between ages 50-80
  • Have not had a chest CT scan in the previous year
  • Smokes or is a former smoker who quit within the last 15 years
  • Has smoked a minimum of 20 “pack years”; for example, one pack a day for 20 years or two packs a day for 10 years

At Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center, you can expect our compassionate and skilled healthcare providers to offer personalized screening in a supportive setting. And you’ll benefit from the latest, most advanced technology available to treat lung cancer as well as access to the latest in clinical trials.

For more than 50 years, Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center has been a leader in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of over 200 types of cancer. Turn to us for comprehensive cancer screening.

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As an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center supports the mission and guidelines of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The following information about types of cancer, prevention and treatments is provided by the NCI.