Lung Cancer: The Daily PANCE Blueprint

Lung Cancer: The Daily PANCE Blueprint

Which of the following patients should be screened for lung cancer according to the USPSTF?

A. 82-year-old with 34 pack-years who quit 2 years ago
B. 51-year-old with 31 pack-years who quit 10 years ago
C. 70-year-old with 14 pack-years who quit 5 years ago
D. 40-year-old with 20 pack-years who quit 2 weeks ago

Answer and topic summary

The answer is B. 51-year-old with 31 pack-years who quit 10 years ago

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently changed the lung cancer screening guidelines in March 2021.

An annual low-dose CT scan chest (NOT chest x-ray) should be done for those who are 50 to 80 years old with at least a 20 pack-year history and who currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

It is also important to note that these guidelines do not apply to those who have another illness that already severely limits their life expectancy.

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