USPSTF Makes Final Recommendation for Lung Cancer CT Scan

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released its finalized recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers.

The organization recommends annual lung cancer screenings for adults between the ages of 55 to 80 who have a 30-year history of smoking at least a pack a day and who currently smoke or have quit within the last 15 years. The recommendation marks major progress in diagnosing high-risk patients sooner.

Additionally, the Task Force suggests that screening should be discontinued following 15 years of nonsmoking or the development of a health condition that could substantially limit life expectancy or the ability or willingness to undergo curative lung tumor treatment.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services and medications.

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This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.