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Smokers not eligible for CT screening under NLST guidelines may have same rate of cancers as those who are eligible

Smokers not eligible for CT screening under NLST guidelines may have same rate of cancers as those who are eligible

Long-term smokers who are at high risk for lung cancer but don’t qualify for CT screening under the strict guidelines of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) nevertheless have the same rate of cancers as those who do qualify.

These findings were published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology suggest. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after screening “more than 1,700 patients for lung cancer, including almost 1,200 who qualified under NLST guidelines and nearly 500 high-risk individuals who didn’t qualify.”

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