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Get Screened

Take a positive step for your health by getting screened for lung cancer. Screening is easy, effective and painless.

Lung screening involves a scan of your lungs using a low-dose CT machine. The scan is free and takes place at a hospital in your community.

How to get screened for lung cancer

Lung screening is best for those who are at high-risk for lung cancer and who are not experiencing any symptoms. This usually includes people who are: 

  • 55 to 74 years of age;
  • Currently smoking or have smoked in the past; and, 
  • Have a smoking history of 20 years or more. 

1Call the Lung Screening Program (1-877-717-5864)

If you think you qualify for screening, please call the Lung Screening Program at: 

Please have your BC Services Card/CareCard and the name of your primary care provider available when you're booking your appointment. A primary care provider plays an important role in cancer screening. They can advise you about the benefits and limitations related to screening, order tests, and follow-up on test results. 

Don't have a primary care provider? Scroll down to the questions section. 

2Complete a phone consultation

A Program Navigator will complete a 5 to 10 minute phone consultation and risk assessment to determine your eligibility.  During your risk assessment, you will be asked questions about your smoking and health history. Your answers to these questions will help determine your lung cancer risk and whether screening is right for you.  

3Schedule your appointment

If you are eligible for lung screening, your information will be sent to a CT department, located at a hospital in your community.  CT department staff will then contact you to arrange for your lung screening appointment. 


Attend your appointment

Please wear loose-fitting clothing without any metals (e.g. belt, bra with underwire) to your appointment. The scan itself takes less than 10 seconds and is not painful. You do not need to take any medications or receive any needles for this test. 

Your questions

If you don't have a primary care provider, you can call HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 and speak with a Health Service Navigator. They will review options with you, including how to find a family doctor accepting new patients, accessing walk-in clinics, or finding a nurse practitioner in your community.

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