San Diego Lung Cancer Screening Initiative 

Lung HelpLine Nurse Navigator-guided education and navigation for learning about your lung cancer risk and the importance of screening.

Did you know that current and former smokers may be eligible for FREE lung cancer screening? Call our Lung Helpline Navigation team today to find out if you are eligible and get support at each step of the process. 

Call the Lung HelpLine Navigation Team TODAY if you or a friend or family member meet the following criteria:

  • 50 – 80 years of age
  • Have a 20 pack-year history of smoking (1 pack a day for 20 years or 2 packs a day for 10 years)
  • Are a current smoker or have quit within the last 15 years
  • Live in San Diego County

 If you meet the criteria, or are close, reach out to our knowledgeable Lung HelpLine Navigation Team to determine if you are eligible for screening and to guide you each step of the way. 

Contact the Navigation Team

Learn About Our Lung HelpLine Navigation Team

Receive guidance and resources: 

  • Screening centers near you  
  • Transportation assistance
  • Tobacco cessation referral (free services) 

* Spanish speakers available

Call the Lung HelpLine Navigation Team TODAY 


Monday-Friday, 9 am- 5 pm CST  

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Why Should You Get a Lung Cancer Screening Test?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America, but now there's hope. Screening is used to detect lung cancer early, when it is more likely to be curable. If lung cancer is caught before it spreads, the likelihood of surviving 5 years or more improves to 60 percent.*

*Based on early-stage lung cancer statistics (stage 1 vs. stage 4)

60% - improved likelihood of surviving 5  years or  more 

Screening is looking for cancer before you have any symptoms, which can help find cancer at an early stage when it may be easier to treat. 

About the Low-Dose CT Scan

A low-dose CT scan is a special kind of X-ray that takes multiple pictures as you lie on a table that slides in and out of the machine. A computer then combines these images into a detailed picture of your lungs. 

A study on early detection of lung cancer found that the low-dose cancer screening test can reduce mortality for those at high risk. If you're a current or former smoker over the age of 50, you could meet the high-risk eligibility criteria. 

Do you or a family member currently receive healthcare through Medicaid (Medi-Cal)?

During the COVID-19 pandemic Congress passed a law that prevented people from losing Medicaid coverage. California resumed the renewal process on April 2023 and will begin terminating coverage for some people on July 1, 2023. Take a look at our Medi-Cal fact sheet to learn more about what you can do to ensure you keep your coverage and maintain access to important services like lung cancer screening and quit smoking treatments. This is also available in Spanish and Chinese.

About the Initiative:

The American Lung Association is working to increase lung cancer screening rates in target communities: This intervention will integrate public health equity best practices through building awareness and reducing barriers to care, increased early-stage cancer diagnosis, increase early intervention, reduce morbidity and mortality rates and provide appropriate client support to lung cancer screening referrals and facilitate low-dose CT for the target populations, Black individuals and Hispanic/Latino individuals, and for all eligible clients. 

Funding for this project was made possible by a grant from Bristol Meyers Squibb.  

Page last updated: July 18, 2023

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