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Medical News & Perspectives
September 4, 2013

Task Force Recommends Targeted Lung Cancer Screening

JAMA. 2013;310(9):892-893. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.276646

Current or former smokers should undergo low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to screen for early-stage lung cancer, according to a draft recommendation statement issued by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The draft is available for public comment until August 26, and a final recommendation will be issued several months later.

The recommendation is aimed at men and women without signs or symptoms of lung cancer who are between the ages of 55 and 80 years and who also have a 30 pack-year or longer history of smoking or have quit within the last 15 years.

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