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Lung cancer screening only for some smokers, ages

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The Associated Press | July 29, 2013 05:08 PM EST | AP


An influential group of government advisers has endorsed lung cancer screening for the first time – but not for everybody. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is proposing annual CT scans, a type of X-ray, for certain current and former smokers.

To be considered for screening, the task force says people should:

_Be ages 55 through 79.

_Have smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years.

People who should not be screened include:

_Those younger than 55 or older than 79.

_Those who smoked less or less often than those described above.

_Those who quit smoking 15 or more years ago.

_Those too sick or frail to withstand treatment for lung cancer.