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Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Screening Program

At Palmetto Health, we encourage annual lung cancer screenings with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT), which have been shown to save lives by finding lung cancer early. Without a screening, lung cancer usually is not found until a person develops symptoms, at which time the cancer is much harder to treat.

Lung cancer screenings are recommended for people ages 55-80 and who have smoked an average of at least one pack per day for 30 years and who are at high risk for lung cancer. This includes people who still smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Those who have symptoms of a lung condition at the time of screening, such as a new cough or shortness of breath, are not eligible. For additional information about lung cancer screening, please see our Lung Cancer Screening FAQs

Call 803-296-2273 to see if you qualify and to schedule your exam.

Thoracic Cancer Conference

Our Palmetto Health Cancer Centers Thoracic Cancer Conference meets twice a month to evaluate new cases, including all lung cancers. Physicians present patients who have suspicious lung nodules or masses to discuss the best way to diagnose the problem. Together, our team of specialists decides on the best diagnostic approach and treatment.

Smoking Cessation Resources

Palmetto Health offers area schools the opportunity to participate in the Trumpeter Campaign and Contest, a youth tobacco prevention program, and provides a free smoking cessation program:

Trumpeter: Say NO to tobacco!
Palmetto Health provides tobacco prevention education for local middle and high school students; speakers are available from February through May to provide free in-school presentations (or an educational video can be provided for viewing). For more information about the program or to arrange a presentation at your school or organization, call 803-296-3070 or email Trumpeter@PalmettoHealth.org. Visit PalmettoHealth.org/Trumpeter for more information about the Trumpeter student contest.

The Smoking Cessation Program is for Richland, Lexington and Fairfield county adults, who want help to quit tobacco use; call CareCall at 803-296-2273 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.