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Few High Risk Smokers Screened For Lung Cancer

Few High-Risk Smokers Screened for Lung Cancer

If you are age 55 to 80, you are or were a heavy cigarette smoker, and you haven’t had a lung cancer screening in at least one year, you have a lot of company—but not necessarily good company.

In December 2013, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a federal panel of medical experts, recommended that high-risk individuals undergo an annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for lung cancer.

You’re high risk if you are in the 55-to-80 age group, have a 30-pack-or-more-a-year smoking history, and currently smoke or quit smoking within the past 15 years. A 30-pack-year history is either one pack a day for 30 years, two…

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