More smokers are now eligible for yearly screenings to detect lung cancer.That’s according to the updated recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force. The panel recommends high-risk patients start screening at age 50, rather than 55.Also, the number of pack-years has been lowered from 30 to 20. A pack-year is smoking an average of one pack of cigarettes per day for one year.“The length of smoking is much more important than the number of cigarettes smoked per day,” Dr. Adam Lye a Medical Oncologist at Norton Healthcare in Louisville said. “By dropping the pack-year and age we are able to expand screenings.
Source: MG News
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