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New guidelines recommend CT screening for long-term smokers

New guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) advise screening for current and former smokers ages 55 to 74 who have smoked a total of 30 or more pack-years (one pack-year is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for one year). However, the guidelines, which were published in the journal Chest, specify that screening should be performed in experienced facilities that offer careful follow-up and counseling. If you fit the criteria, ask your doctor whether the benefits of low-dose CT screening outweigh the risks. Screening doesn't take the place of quitting smoking for lowering lung cancer risk.

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