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Task force recommends CT lung cancer screening for high risk smokers and ex-smokers

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g56 (Published 06 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g56
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Smokers and former smokers aged 55-80 who have a smoking history of 30 pack-years or more, and who are currently smoking or have quit within the past 15 years, should be screened annually with low dose computed tomography, the US Preventive Services Task Force has concluded.1

The panel recommended that screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or has developed a health condition that limits the person’s life expectancy “or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery.”

The panel’s recommendations were published 31 December 2013 by the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Task force panels are charged with assessing the effectiveness of preventive care services for patients who do not have signs or symptoms of the screened condition. In drawing up their recommendations, panels weigh the benefits and harms of the intervention but do not consider …

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