10 doctors weighed in:
Is there a screening test for lung cancer?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Radiology - Interventional
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There are new recommendations from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct screening to detect lung cancer.
"up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.".

In brief: Yes
There are new recommendations from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct screening to detect lung cancer.
"up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.".
Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Dr. Michael Ginsburg
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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology
3 doctors agree
In brief: New recommendations
Were just released from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct lung cancer screening: "up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.
" talk with your doc.

In brief: New recommendations
Were just released from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct lung cancer screening: "up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.
" talk with your doc.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Dr. Joseph Accurso
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree
In brief: There is, but it's
Use is controversial for a number of reasons.
It's a spiral ct scan: the study screened >30k patients, found 4k 'lesions', but only 400 cancers. It exposes patients to radiation. It is costly. But it reduces mortality. The study looked at current and former smokers over 55 years of age. The more you have smoked, the more this makes sense. Insurers may not pay.

In brief: There is, but it's
Use is controversial for a number of reasons.
It's a spiral ct scan: the study screened >30k patients, found 4k 'lesions', but only 400 cancers. It exposes patients to radiation. It is costly. But it reduces mortality. The study looked at current and former smokers over 55 years of age. The more you have smoked, the more this makes sense. Insurers may not pay.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
The national lung screening trial (august new england journal of medicine) showed that screening chest ct in high risk patients (heavy smokers and older patients) reduced deaths from lung cancer by 20% compared to patients screened with plain x-ray alone.
There will soon be specific guidelines on exactly who should under go routine chest ct screening.

In brief: Maybe
The national lung screening trial (august new england journal of medicine) showed that screening chest ct in high risk patients (heavy smokers and older patients) reduced deaths from lung cancer by 20% compared to patients screened with plain x-ray alone.
There will soon be specific guidelines on exactly who should under go routine chest ct screening.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
There are now recommendations for lung cancer screening.
However, screening should only be used in appropriate candidates. http://www.cancer.net/publications-and-resources/what-know-ascos-guidelines/what-know-accp-and-asco-guideline-lung-cancer-screening/recommendations-lung-cancer-screening.

In brief: Maybe
There are now recommendations for lung cancer screening.
However, screening should only be used in appropriate candidates. http://www.cancer.net/publications-and-resources/what-know-ascos-guidelines/what-know-accp-and-asco-guideline-lung-cancer-screening/recommendations-lung-cancer-screening.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Barry Sheppard
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes, Finally
Based on the pioneering work of Dr Claudia Henschke and the IELCAP lung cancer screening centers around the world, Low dose CT scanning has now been independently verified by a national trial to be the long awaited for "Lung cancer screening test".
This will usher in an era where people at risk can be screened to detect lung cancers while early and curable. Without screening

In brief: Yes, Finally
Based on the pioneering work of Dr Claudia Henschke and the IELCAP lung cancer screening centers around the world, Low dose CT scanning has now been independently verified by a national trial to be the long awaited for "Lung cancer screening test".
This will usher in an era where people at risk can be screened to detect lung cancers while early and curable. Without screening
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Dr. Barry Sheppard
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