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Lung Screening

Did you know that 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer every year? In 2014 the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force (USPSTF) approved an annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography or LDCT that can hopefully help reduce those numbers.

(USPSTF) to "recommend annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years."

Candidates for a lung screening procedure are adults between the ages of 55 to 80 who have smoked a pack or more per day of cigarettes for at least 30 years and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

Patients who smoke or who have smoked cigarettes should talk to their doctor about whether this exam is a good test for them. The procedure is simple. No fasting or prep is required.

It is estimated that this exam will help prevent between 8,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths per year. If you feel you are a candidate, please consult with your primary care physician.

For more information on the procedure, please visit the following links:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/03/health/brawley-lung-cancer/
http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/lung-cancer/lung-cancer-screening-guidelines/