U.S. Preventive Service Task Force Releases New Recommendation

April 1, 2021
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Changes double people eligible for lung cancer screening

The United States Preventative Task Force (USPSTF) has updated their 2013 recommendation on lung cancer screenings for people who do not have signs or symptoms. The newly published recommendation lowers the age for starting annual screenings from 55 to 50, and it updates the definition of a 'heavy smoker' from a 30- to a 20-pack-year history, doubling the number of people eligible for screening. Read full details of the final recommendation

And remember that through the state's Smoking Cessation Trust, your patients have free access to resources.

  • To connect your patients with nearby smoking cessation services, call toll free 1.844.371.5806.
  • To automate the referral process in EPIC, select REF100 or email for help.
  • For community physicians interested in more information, contact Lindsey White, Director of Smoking Cessation at 504.842.7490.

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