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Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk

Starting in June 2017, The Ottawa Hospital and Renfrew Victoria Hospital will be taking part in a pilot to screen people at high risk of developing lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for women and men in Ontario. Approximately 7,100 people died of lung cancer in 2016 – more than breast, colorectal and prostate cancers combined. People are usually diagnosed with lung cancer when the disease is at an advanced stage and treatment options are limited. Screening can detect lung cancers at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be successful.

You may be eligible for this pilot if you are between 55 and 74 years old and have smoked cigarettes daily for 20 or more years (not necessarily consecutively). You can be referred to the pilot by your doctor or through your nurse practitioner, or you can contact the Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk directly at 1-844-394-1124.  

This pilot will focus on participants in the Ottawa and Renfrew areas. The pilot is restricted to a maximum of 775 eligible participants in the first year; participants who are referred once the maximum number is reached will not be able to participate in the pilot in the first year, but may be able to participate in the second year.