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The Lung Cancer Risk Profiler will determine whether or not you are a candidate for lung cancer screening based on age and smoking history. Other risk factors for lung cancer are also identified.
Recommendations for Lung Cancer Screening
The recommendations for annual screening for lung cancer included in this profiler are from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)1 released at the end of 2013. The USPSTF recommends annual screening with low-dose computer tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or who have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy. The best evidence for the benefit of screening comes from the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial (NLST).2 This is a large study of over 54,000 people sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. The recommendations from the NLST have been adopted by the American College of Chest Physicians,3 the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society.4 The age cut-off for screening that these groups use is age 75.
Risk Factors for Lung Cancer
Risk factors used in the model include: smoking history, age, ethnicity, family and personal history of smoking-related cancers, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, radiation therapy to the chest, and exposures to: second-hand smoke, asbestos, radon, dusts, inhaled chemicals or minerals, industrial workplace exposures or air pollution.
This profiler is intended only for people who have NOT already been diagnosed with lung cancer. The results of this profiler are based on widely accepted research, but are only accurate for the intended audience.