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Lung-Cancer-Screening Eligibility Should Be Expanded, say Researchers
eMediNexus,  23 July 2019
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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) eligibility criteria for lung-cancer screening should be expanded to cover other risk groups, researchers say based on findings from an observational study.

"The current USPSTF should consider expanding the lower age limit to 50 years and extending years of quitting smoking for former smokers," Dr. Ping Yang from Mayo Clinic, in Scottsdale, Arizona, stated.

In the new study, researchers compared five-year overall survival between lung cancer patients who satisfied USPSTF screening criteria and two subgroups of those ineligible for screening: long-term quitters and individuals aged 50-54 years. Five-year overall survival was 27% among long-term quitters, 22% in the younger age group, and 23% in the USPSTF-eligible group. The findings were reported in The Lancet Oncology.

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