Lung Cancer Screening

If you are at risk for lung cancer, please ask your doctor about lung cancer screening near you. High risk individuals are current and former smokers ages 55 to 74 who have smoked cigarettes daily for at least 20 years. Please see below for information on lung cancer screening activities across Canada.

Screening ProgramBusiness Case or ProposalAdvisory CommitteePilot or Research Study

Currently, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec are the only provinces with organized lung cancer screening programs in Canada. Several provinces and territories have initiated lung cancer screening strategies such as preparing business cases, organizing advisory committees, and planning or implementing pilot studies to support the lung cancer community.

Select your province or territory to learn more about the status of lung cancer screening near you:
1 Alberta Lung Cancer Screening Program. Last accessed September 15, 2020. https://www.ucalgary.ca/lungscreening/
2 Alberta Lung Cancer Screening Program. Last accessed September 15, 2020. https://www.ucalgary.ca/lungscreening/home/lung-cancer-screening-study
3 Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
4 Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
5 Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
6 Doctor’s diagnosis leads her to push harder for early lung screening program. CBC News. July 2018. Last accessed September 15, 2020. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/early-lung-cancer-screening-program-possibility-nova-scotia-1.4707624
7 Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
8Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
9 Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
10 Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk. Cancer Care Ontario. Last accessed September 22, 2020. https://www.cancercareontario.ca/en/guidelines-advice/cancer-continuum/screening/lung-cancer-screening-pilot-people-at-high-risk
11 Health PEI ‘anxious’ to see results from Ontario lung cancer screening pilot. CBC News. November 29, 2019. Last accessed September 16, 2020. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-lung-cancer-coordinator-update-1.5376714
12 Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
13 Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
14 Lung Cancer Phase 2020: Screening. INESSS. Last accessed September 22, 2020. https://www.inesss.qc.ca/en/projects/on-going-projects/project-record/algorithme-cancer-du-poumon-phase-2020-depistage.html
15Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019. 16Lung Cancer Screening in Canada: Environmental Scan. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, 2019.
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