CT Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines May Miss Some At RiskMedicalResearch.com Medical Research Interviews and News

February 24, 2015 7:06 PM

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Medical Research: What is the background for this study? Dr. Mithun: Lung cancer screening should be pursued for those people at highest risk who are otherwise in good enough health to be able to undergo curative intent treatment if cancer is found. The current criteria for screening recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force of age 55-80 years, 30 pack-years of smoking, and if quit, have done so within 15 years and are based on the National Lung Screening Study (NLST).

Dr. Mithun: Our data was retrospective over a 28 year time period and showed that an increasing number of people who actually got cancer would not have been candidates for screening based on the current criteria. This suggests there may be some degree of mismatch between risk as defined by the curr...

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