Lung As­so­ci­a­tion urges scans

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The Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion urges peo­ple with a long his­tory of smok­ing to con­sider get­ting a CT scan to look for lung can­cer.

The U.S. Pre­ven­tive Ser­vices Task Force con­cluded that CT scans likely have a “mod­er­ate” health ben­e­fit for peo­ple who are be­tween the ages of 55 and 74 who smoked one pack of cig­a­rettes a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years. Screen­ing isn’t rec­om­mended for peo­ple who quit more than 15 years ago.

If lung can­cer is caught in the ear­li­est pos­si­ble stage, IA1, 92 per­cent of peo­ple who have it sur­vive at least five years. By the time it pro­gresses to stage IIA, only about 60 per­cent of peo­ple sur­vive five years. The odds go down rapidly from there.

The screen­ing isn’t per­fect, be­cause it of­ten picks up ab­nor­mal­i­ties that turn out not to be can­cer. It isn’t rec­om­mended for peo­ple who aren’t healthy enough to un­dergo surgery on their lungs. Talk to your doc­tor about whether the ben­e­fits of screen­ing out­weigh the risks in your case.

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