Task Force recommends annual lung cancer screening for at-risk smokers

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force today recommended annual screenings for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography for people aged 55-80 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes daily for 30 years. The panel will accept comments on the draft recommendation through Aug. 26. It assigned a “B” grade to the recommendation, which means all copays and deductibles for the screenings would be waived under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “By screening those at high risk, we can find lung cancer at earlier stages when it is more likely to be treatable,” said Task Force Chair Virginia Moyer, M.D., cautioning that screening “is not an alternative to quitting smoking.”

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