Tuesday, December 31, 2013
USPSTF endorses lung cancer screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released final recommendations for annual low dose CT screening of high-risk individuals for lung cancer. The USPSTF recommends annual screening of asymptomatic individuals ages 55-80 years who have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history or those who quit within the past 15 years.
The USPSTF gives CT lung cancer screening a “B” recommendation, which means it must be covered as a preventive service under the Affordable Care Act.
The American College of Radiology is currently working on CT lung cancer screening Appropriateness Criteria as well as practice guidelines and standards.
Details of the USPSTF recommendation can be viewed at http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/