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Yearly Lung Cancer Screenings

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued a recommendation that people older than 55 who have smoked an average of one pack of cigarettes a day for at least 30 years be screened for lung cancer yearly. “Sound Medicine” presents two experts who will debate the risks and benefits of yearly lung cancer screenings. Fred Duncan, director and CEO of the Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis, believes resources could be better used to help people stop smoking. DuyKhanh Pham Ceppa, M.D., assistant professor of surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, believes the benefits of yearly screenings outweigh the costs.