It Only Takes 60 Seconds and Early Cancer Detection Could Save Your Life

More than 224,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer every year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control, making it the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. 

If you are at high risk for developing lung cancer, Lung Screening at the George Washington University Hospital offers low-dose computerized tomography (CT) scans that can help doctors detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable. In fact, a recent study by the National Cancer Institute showed that patients who were screened with CT scans showed a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer than those who had chest X-rays.

You may be at high risk for developing lung cancer if:

  • You are between 55 and 77 years old
  • You have smoked a pack of cigarettes or more every day for at least 30 years
  • You are a current smoker, or quit smoking less than 15 years ago
  • If you are a high-risk patient, you should have a baseline CT scan, then repeat annually.

Podcast: Should I Get a Lung Cancer Screening?

Keith D. Mortman, MD, FACS, FCCP, discusses the option for lung cancer screenings of those at high risk of developing the disease in this health education podcast. Since it often has few symptoms until the late stages, this screening can provide critical time for treatment.

Listen to the podcast

Safe and Easy

Lung Screening at GW Hospital uses no contrast dyes and a low-dose CT scan for patient safety. The scan itself only takes 60 seconds to complete and is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans.

Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance

GW Hospital, in conjunction with the GW Cancer Center, has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening.


To schedule an appointment, call +1 (855) 495-8647 (1-855-GWLUNGS).

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