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Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in Michigan. About 90% of lung cancers are associated with smoking. Secondhand smoke and exposure to Radon also put people at higher risk. Lung cancer screening reduces deaths from lung cancer by catching the cancer earlier.

Cancer Doesn't Wait, Neither Should You

Although COVID-19 continues to be a top health concern, routine health care is still  important. "Cancer Doesn't Wait, Neither Should You" is a new video that highlights the importance of taking care of your health by getting regular cancer screenings

The United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for those who are:

  • Adults aged 50 to 80 years.
  • 20 pack-year smoking history (this is determined by the average number of packs smoked per day multiplied by the number of years a person has smoked. Calculate pack years using
  • Currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Upon reading these recommendations, talk with your health care provider if you believe you are eligible for screening.

Lung Cancer Early Detection Program

The Lung Cancer Early Detection Program is working to increase the rate of lung cancer screening in Michigan. Lung cancer screening has been proven to reduce lung cancer deaths. The program promotes policy and health systems change as a way to help ensure all eligible people receive lung cancer screening. This includes determination of eligibility for lung cancer screening and also referrals to both lung cancer screening and tobacco dependence treatment services.

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