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This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for lung cancer.
Release Date: May 2004
- The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to recommend for or against screening for lung cancer in asymptomatic persons with either low-dose computed tomography, chest x-ray, sputum cytology, or a combination of these tests.
Grade: I Statement.
Update in Progress
In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.
The research team at the EPC independently gathers and reviews the available published evidence to address the questions posed by the USPSTF. The resulting draft Evidence Report is critiqued by national subject matter experts before being finalized.
|Evidence Report||Related Items|
|Evidence Report (PDF File, 243 KB; PDF Help)||Evidence Synthesis (PDF File, 1.7 MB; PDF Help)|
|Modeling Report (PDF File, 551 KB; PDF Help)|
The USPSTF reviews the Evidence Report, evaluates the benefits and harms of the clinical preventive service, and discusses and develops one or more preliminary specific recommendations. The resulting draft Recommendation Statement is posted on this Web site for public comment before being finalized.
|Recommendation Statement||Related Items|
|Draft Recommendation Statement for Public Comment*
(July 30–August 26, 2013)
|Consumer Fact Sheet (PDF File, 100 KB; PDF Help)|
* Note: Draft Recommendation Statements are by their nature not final, and should not be interpreted as to represent official USPSTF recommendations for practice. Draft Recommendation Statements are provided by the USPSTF for informational purposes only.
Current as of August 2013
Lung Cancer Screening, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspslung.htm