The New Paper

March 10, 2021

US task force recommends expanding pool of eligible individuals for lung cancer screening

The US Preventive Services Task Force expanded its recommendation for people who should receive annual lung cancer screens to include all individuals between 50 and 80 years old who have smoked for at least 20 “pack-years.” The guidelines (published in The Journal of the American Medical Association) are expected to double the number of eligible individuals to 15M.

More context: Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US, killing 136k people in 2020.

Extra: The US Preventative Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine.
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