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Screening Guidelines

Cancer screening is an effective way to detect cancer in its early stages. However, some screenings are not for everyone so it’s important to follow recommended guidelines. The Lung Cancer Screening Program is available only to patients who are at the highest risk for developing lung cancer.

Are you a candidate for lung cancer screening?

Houston Methodist offers screenings to:

  • Current or former smokers 50 years of age or older, and
  • Have smoked the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes a day for at least 20 years
  • Lung cancer survivors are also considered for screening

Houston Methodist follows the American Association for Thoracic Surgery guidelines for lung cancer screenings1.

In the event a nodule is diagnosed, you will have a scheduled evaluation of that nodule that is based on its risk appearance. Houston Methodist will take every step possible to avoid unnecessary invasive tests while evaluating these nodules.

To schedule an appointment for a lung cancer screening, call 713.441.5864 or request an appointment online

What is the risk of lung cancer screening?

The actual dose of radiation from the low-dose CT scan typically ranges from one to four millisieverts (a diagnostic scan is typically 8-10).




2 Jacobson FL, Austin JH, Field JK, et al. Development of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery guidelines for low-dose computed tomography scans to screen for lung cancer in North America: recommendations of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery Task Force for Lung Cancer Screening and Surveillance. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2012 Jul;144(1):25-32.


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