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New Recommendation for Annual Lung Screenings of Longtime Smokers

by Medical Staff Office on August 2, 2013

From Stephen Cattaneo, MD, medical director of thoracic oncology, DeCesaris Cancer Institute
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft recommendation that older, longtime smokers ages 55 to 80 with 30 pack-year smoking history be screened annually for lung cancer by low-dose chest CT scan based on evidence from the National Lung Screening Trial. The final recommendation is expected to be made in the next few months.

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