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Who Should Be Screened?

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. 
If you think you meet these requirements, please call the Lung Screening Program at 1-877-717-5864 to complete a consultation and risk assessment over the phone. Not everyone who meets the above requirements will be eligible for lung screening. A risk assessment over the phone is needed to confirm eligibility. 


Why is lung screening not recommended to everyone? 

People who do not meet the above screening requirements are generally not considered high-risk for lung cancer. Similar to any screening test, there are benefits and limitations to lung screening. If you do not have a significant smoking history, lung screening may not be right for you. 

Screening is also not suitable for anyone experiencing lung cancer symptoms, including: 
  • Coughing that does not go away or gets worse;
  • Coughing up blood or rust-coloured sputum (spit or phlegm); 
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain that is always felt and gets worse with deep breathing or coughing. 
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please talk to your primary care provider. It is important to monitor your health and be aware of any unusual changes - even if there were no concerns found from your recent lung scan. 


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