About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in men and women. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. The number of cigarettes smoked and the years one smokes affect risk. We know that to stop smoking (or to have never started) is the most effective way to prevent lung cancer.


NewYork-Presbyterian's lung cancer prevention focuses on smoking cessation: helping people quit smoking and thereby lower their risk of developing lung cancer. Information about the dangers of smoking and how to stop can be found on the smoking cessation page.

Lung cancer screening aims to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, before an individual experiences symptoms and when treatment is most effective. The National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT) can reduce lung cancer deaths in individuals at high risk for lung cancer by 20%, as opposed to chest x-ray screening. NewYork-Presbyterian's lung cancer screening programs offer state-of-the-art low-dose CT imaging interpreted by fellowship-trained experienced radiologists. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please see the contact information below:

The Lung Cancer Screening Program at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

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