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US panel recommends annual CT screening for people at high risk of lung cancer

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 01 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4894
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Smokers and former smokers at high risk of lung cancer should be screened yearly with low dose CT scans, say new draft recommendations issued by the US Preventive Services Task Force.1

Lung cancer kills about 160 000 Americans a year, making it the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. By comparison, colorectal cancer takes the lives of just over 51 000 men and women in the US each year. Smoking is thought to be responsible for 85% of cases of lung cancer.

Based on its evaluation of available evidence, the task force panel …

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