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Lung Cancer Screening Program

Early Detection for Lung Cancer Saves Lives

Lung cancer is the single leading cause of cancer death in the country, killing more than 160,000 people each year. But new research is providing hope and screenings can save lives.  New low-dose Computed Tomography (CT) screenings offer better detection at earlier stages, when lung cancer is more easily treated.

Recent guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology suggest an annual screening with low-dose for smokers and former smokers at high risk for developing lung cancer.  

We provide screenings for people who meet the following criteria:

  • Be 55 - 80 years old or 55 - 77 years old with Medicare
  • Be a current smoker or a person who quit smoking less than 15 years ago
  • Have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year is equal to smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years)

The cost of the lung screening is covered by most insurance plans.  If you meet the above criteria, we will work with you on precertification if needed.

As with all efforts directed at decreasing rates of lung cancer, we also strongly encourage patients to quit smoking. To learn more about services we provide than can help, visit our Tobacco Treatment Center. 

Contact Us

To find out more information about the UI Health Lung Cancer Screening Program or to schedule your low-dose CT screening, send an email to lungscreen@uic.edu or call 312.413.4900

Our Team

The best way to fight lung cancer and help patients with lung disease is to take a team approach. At UI Health, our team is made up of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and other medical experts in the following areas:

Pulmonary
Radiology
Surgery
Medical Oncology
Radiation Oncology