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UPMC Lung Cancer Screening Program

A landmark study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, and in which UPMC was a contributor, showed that lung cancer screening using a low-dose CT scan of the chest can reduce mortality from lung cancer by up to 20 percent for eligible, high-risk individuals. Since lung cancer typically shows no symptoms until the disease has spread, screening can help ensure early detection.

UPMC Imaging Services offers eligible candidates easy access to lung cancer screenings through the UPMC Lung Cancer Screening Program. CT scans take only a few minutes, and results are read by a multidisciplinary team of medical experts, including board-certified radiologists. Should your scan reveal an abnormality, you have access to comprehensive cancer care through UPMC CancerCenter’s network.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the UPMC Lung Cancer Screening Program, patients must:

  • Be between 55-77 years of age (Some commercial insurers cover until age 80; check with your insurance provider).
  • Have a 30-pack per year or greater history of tobacco smoking.
    (To calculate, multiply how many packs per day by how many years you’ve smoked.)
  • Be a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years.
  • Not be in treatment for cancer.

Is lung cancer screening right for you?

This shared decision-making tool will give you the facts about lung cancer screenings, and help you learn more about your options, benefits, and risks of participating in the program. Contact your health care provider with any questions about the tool or to discuss your summary.

Locations* and scheduling

UPMC offers convenient access to lung cancer screenings throughout our network. Once you schedule and appointment, a patient navigator will follow up with you to review a series of questions and ensure that this program is appropriate for you.

To help guarantee that you’re receiving the highest-quality services regardless of which of our sites you visit, UPMC Health Plan designated each of these sites as a Center of Excellence. Please call your preferred location to make an appointment or for more information about lung cancer screenings.

UPMC Presbyterian
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
412-647-9729

Hillman Cancer Center
5115 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15232
412-623-4800

UPMC Passavant
9100 Babcock Blvd.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
866-331-9800

UPMC St. Margaret
815 Freeport Rd.
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15215
866-331-9800

UPMC Monroeville Imaging Center
600 Oxford Drive, Suite 100
Monroeville, Pa. 15146
412-372-1600

UPMC McKeesport
1500 5th Ave.
McKeesport, Pa. 15132
412-664-2273

UPMC Northwest
100 Fairfield Drive
Seneca, Pa. 16346
1-800-462-8813 Option #3

Research

UPMC is a leader in lung cancer research. Findings from the Pittsburgh Lung Screening Study (PLuSS) led the U.S. Preventative Services Taskforce to recommend lung cancer screenings in appropriate patients. To find out if you’re eligible for PLuSS, call 412-623-3319.

Additional Resources

*Coming soon: UPMC Altoona, UPMC Jameson, and UPMC Hamot

Additional Resources

Learn more about the lung  cancer study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

>> Read the study

In The News

Mark Gladwin, MD, chief of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine at UPMC was quoted in an AARP article about the new study.

>> Read the article 

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