The United States Preventive Services Task Force released draft recommendations for annual low-dose CT screening for individuals at high risk for lung cancer. Who is considered high risk? Current and former smokers, ages 55–79 years, who have significant cumulative tobacco smoke exposure and have smoked within the last 15 years. If these recommendations are enacted, lung cancer screening would be free for those patients in the high risk group. This would be a great step in the right direction. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer has been shown to reduce lung cancer mortality by up to 14%.
We are asking people who have been affected by lung cancer and their loved ones to let us know how screening for lung cancer would have made a difference in their lives. Please go to facebook.com/lungusa and share your thoughts. Your comments are important as we press for these draft recommendations to be finalized and enacted. Let your voice be heard!