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New lung cancer screening guidelines increase eligibility for high-risk patients: Should you be screened?

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has announced new guidelines for lung cancer screenings.

Published in the ACS journal “CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians” on Wednesday, the advisory reconsiders those who are at high risk for developing lung cancer and which individuals should be screened each year.

The ACS now recommends annual low-dose CT scans for people aged 50 to 80 who have a 20+ pack-year history of smoking, which was previously set at 30.

“The whole objective with studies like this is to capture as many high-risk patients in that population as possible to have an impact,” he said.

“Overall, across the United States, we are seeing a reduction in the incidence of lung cancer due to many reasons, including patients smoking less frequently and increased community awareness and education.”

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Angelica Stabile is a lifestyle writer for Fox News Digital.

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