Tuesday, July 30, 2013
USPSTF recommends lung cancer screening
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) released draft recommendations for low-dose helical CT for lung cancer screening for a select group of high-risk patients based on results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). The USPSTF recommends annual CT screening of smokers 55-79 years old who have at least a 30 pack-year smoking history and who are well enough to undergo definitive therapy for lung cancer. Former smokers who quit less than 15 years ago who also meet the other criteria should also be offered CT screening. A 30-day comment period is underway.