LUNG CANCER SCREENING RECOMMENDEDPublished on July 30, 2013.
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today issued a draft recommendation in favor of CT lung cancer screening for long-term smokers. SJRA offers low dose CT scans for lung cancer screening.
Lung cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women in the United States, but is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths, accounting for nearly 27%. Furthermore, about 85% of U.S. lung cancer cases are attributable to smoking, and since about 20% of Americans currently smoke – and many more are former smokers who remain at increased risk because of their smoking history.
Patients with a smoking history should consider screening. By detecting early cancers the cure rate for lung cancer is dramatically improved.