Increasing CT Lung Screening

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The fight for lung cancer screening isn’t over yet. According to a new study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, low-dose CT lung cancer screening should be expanded to include smokers who gave up the habit long ago. The study examined more than 6,000 lung cancer patients and found that those who quit smoking over 15 years ago represented the largest group of diagnosed individuals who were not covered by screening — about 17 percent of the entire cohort. Further, by comparing data with earlier trials such as the National Lung Screening Trial, researchers determined that adding this cohort to the USPSTF recommendation would only result in a 0.6 percent increase in false positives. 

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