Ontario Lung Cancer Screening Program
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for people in Ontario. The reason so many people die from lung cancer is that by the time it is usually diagnosed, the cancer has grown too large or spread to other parts of the body. Regular screening can help detect lung cancer early when treatment has a better chance of working.
The Ontario Lung Cancer Screening Program promotes prevention and early detection of lung cancer in high-risk patients.
You can call to enroll yourself in the program or ask your doctor to refer you. To qualify for this program you must meet the following criteria:
- Be 55 to 74 years of age
- Be a smoker or former smoker
- Have smoked cigarettes daily for at least 20 years (doesn’t have to be consecutive)
A screening navigator will conduct a telephone risk assessment with anyone who meets the age and cigarette smoking history criteria. The results of the risk assessment will determine whether someone is eligible to get screened for lung cancer through the pilot program.