“Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives” Infographic

Lung Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Lung Cancer Is the Number One Cause of Cancer Deaths

Screening with low-dose CT can detect lung cancer early and save lives. Low-dose computed tomography (CT) is the only test recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

More Screening Is Needed

Seven of eight adults who met screening criteria did not report screening.

Health Care Providers

Discuss screening with adults who—

  • Are 55 to 80 years old.
  • Have a history of heavy smoking (30 pack-years or more). A pack-year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year.
  • Smoke now or quit within the past 15 years.

Data from BRFSS, 10 states in 2017, as reported in MMWR in 2020.

Page last reviewed: September 22, 2020