Article: Lung Cancer Screening
Authors: Richard M. Hoffman, MD, MPHa, Rolando Sanchez, MD
Journal: Med Clin N Am 101 (2017) 769–785
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States (US).
- More than 80% of lung cancer deaths are attributed to tobacco use highlighting the importance of primary prevention.
- A US trial showed that screening high-risk patients with low-dose computed tomography scans reduced lung cancer mortality by 20% compared with chest radiography.
- The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends annual lung cancer screening for high-risk patients (30 pack-years, current or quit within 15 years) aged 55 to 80 years.
- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid will cover screening but requires programs to engage patients in shared decision-making, offer smoking cessation, and report data to a central registry.
Link to journal online: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025712517300317