Cleveland Clinic Akron General offers a screening for lung cancer using a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan. CT scans combine X-ray views from multiple angles, creating a two-dimensional, cross-sectional image of your lungs. Having a lung cancer screening chest CT reduces the chance of dying from lung cancer in those at very high risk of developing lung cancer. To be a candidate for lung screening, an individual must be:
55 to 77 years old
A smoker or a person who quit smoking less than 15 years ago
Have a smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (A pack year is a way of determining how many cigarettes a person has smoked during his or her lifetime. One pack year is equal to smoking 20 cigarettes, or one pack, every day for one year.)
Have no new symptoms that could be related to lung cancer
Be healthy enough to tolerate curative intent treatment for early stage lung cancer
Have not had a chest CT in the last 12 months
If you meet the above criteria, please speak with your primary care provider about scheduling an appointment. Screening is covered by Medicare and most private insurance for eligible patients. If you have questions, please call 216.445.3800.