Lung Cancer Screening AdvisoryPublished on May 21, 2012.
A group of highly respected medical organizations have issued a policy statement on the use of CT for screening for lung cancer.
The American Cancer Society, American College of Chest Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and National Comprehensive Cancer Network released guidelines which appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Lung cancer remains the leading cause of mortality from cancer. Early detection can make a difference in treatment options and increase chances of survival.
Screening is appropriate for people with a significant smoking history. SJRA offers low dose screening chest CT. People who have smoked a pack of cigarettes every day for at least 30 years should consider scans starting at age 55. Scans are not recommended for people who quit more than 15 years ago, patients with limited life expectancies or those who light up less frequently.
The article and recommendations are available at the JAMA website: