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Yearly lung cancer screenings recommended for older smokers

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Older smokers are getting new advice from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force on when they should get screened for lung cancer.

The panel of U.S. doctors is now recommending older smokers get a low-dose CT scan every year to see if they have the disease. The recommendation is for smokers between the ages of 55 and 79 who have smoked for over 30 years. Those who have quit within the last 15 years should also get the yearly scan.

The recommendation is an update over the panel's 2004 guidelines that said there was not enough information to recommend a CT scan for smokers not showing symptoms.

 

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