New Lung Cancer Screening Assessment Tool

Should you be screened for lung cancer? The American Lung Association's new online tool helps you find out.

(October 30, 2013)

Unlike mammography for breast cancer or colonoscopy for colon cancer, there has been no widely accepted screening tool to detect lung cancer at an early stage. With the growing consensus that annual low-dose CT screening should be recommended for individuals at high risk for lung cancer, the American Lung Association has launched an online tool to help users determine whether they meet the guidelines for CT screening for lung cancer. If this screening were widely implemented, 3,000 to 4,000 lives could be saved every year.

The online tool - - is launching in the lead up to Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November. The site asks visitors a series of questions that helps determine whether they meet the guidelines to need to be screened for lung cancer.

“We’re excited about launching this tool and the low-dose screenings. It’s a big step in the fight against lung cancer,” said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in America. We created this online tool to help people understand quickly whether they are candidates for low-dose CT screening.”

About Screening for Lung Cancer

The American Lung Association released guidelines on low-dose lung cancer screenings in 2012, based on the National Cancer Institute’s National Lung Cancer Screening Trial. The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently issued draft recommendations for annual low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for lung cancer; an estimated seven million Americans. This includes current or former smokers, ages 55-79, who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years and have smoked within the past 15 years.

Additional Lung Cancer Resources

In addition to the online lung cancer screening assessment tool, the Lung Association provides several resources for lung cancer patients and their caregivers, including: Facing Lung Cancer from Day One, an online tool with valuable educational and supportive resources; and the Lung Connection, an online community for people living with lung disease. The Lung HelpLine can also answer questions about lung health or CT screenings; calls are toll-free at 1-800-LUNG-USA.