Doctors Recommend A CT Scan – Part 1 of 3
Doctors Recommend A CT Scan. A extraordinarily influential government panel of experts says that older smokers at high risk of lung cancer should meet annual low-dose CT scans to help detect and possibly prevent the spread of the fatal disease. In its final word on the issue published Dec 30, 2013, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) concluded that the benefits to a very individual segment of smokers outweigh the risks involved in receiving the annual scans, said co-vice chair Dr Michael LeFevre, a famous professor of family medicine at the University of Missouri. Specifically, the task force recommended annual low-dose CT scans for current and former smokers age-old 55 to 80 with at least a 30 “pack-year” history of smoking who have had a cigarette sometime within the last 15 years.
The person also should be generally healthy and a good candidate for surgery should cancer be found. About 20000 of the United States’ nearly 160000 annual lung cancer deaths could be prevented if doctors follow these screening guidelines, LeFevre said when the panel elementary proposed the recommendations in July, 2013. Lung cancer found in its earliest make up is 80 percent curable, usually by surgical removal of the tumor. “That’s a lot of people, and we feel it’s worth it, but there will still be a lot more people at death’s door from lung cancer”.
And “That’s why the most important way to prevent lung cancer will continue to be to convince smokers to quit”. Pack years are determined by multiplying the number of packs smoked constantly by the number of years a person has smoked. For example, a person who has smoked two packs a day for 15 years has 30 pack years, as has a person who has smoked a pack a time for 30 years. The USPSTF drew up the recommendation after a thorough review of previous research, and published them online Dec 30, 2013 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.