More Older Former Smokers Need Lung Cancer Screening, Experts Say
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued new lung cancer screening guidelines, recommending annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) for individuals aged 50 to 80 who were formerly long-term or heavy smokers. This marks a departure from previous guidelines, which considered the time elapsed since quitting smoking. The new recommendation applies to those with a history of smoking equivalent to 20 pack-years. These updated guidelines are expected to impact nearly five million U.S. smokers and former smokers, but it remains uncertain whether insurance companies will cover the extended screening for longer-term former smokers. To read the full article, click here. To read more about diseases, click here.