A final recommendation statement related to lung cancer screenings has been issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The recommendation suggests annual low-dose CT scans for current and former smokers ages 55 and over. Former smokers are defined as those who quit within the past 15 years.
The USPSTF is an independent panel of health care experts with specialties in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The organization conducts scientific evidence reviews in the areas of preventive health care services, such as screening, counseling and preventive medications, and prepares recommendations for primary care clinicians and health systems.
Contact your physician to discuss the benefits and possible risks of cancer screenings.
You can find additional information about the Lung Cancer Screening recommendations here.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.