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Lung Cancer Screening | Eligibility updates

What changed?

In March 2021, the USPSTF updated guidelines for lung cancer screening that:
  • Reduced the screening age from 55 to 50.
  • Reduced the minimum smoking history from 30 to 20 pack-years.
  • Increasing eligible Americans from 6.5 million to 14.5 million!

What to know

  • Many eligible for lung cancer screening are smokers.
  • Clinician advice to quit is a strong motivator for patients.

What you can do

Along with screening your eligible patients for lung cancer:
  • Advise tobacco using patients to quit
  • Assist with a quit attempt -brief behavioral modification support
  • Prescribe cessation medications
  • Refer your patients to the NYS Quitline for additional support and medications

Resources for your patients

Lung screening information – patients interested in lung cancer screening can learn more by visiting LungScreen.Health/Web/NY.

Help to quit – a free, confidential program providing evidence-based services to New York residents who want to stop smoking, vaping, or using other forms of tobacco – Visit, Call 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-694-8487).

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COVID-19 | Tobacco use, E-cigarettes, Vaping

What you should know

Early research indicates smoking cigarettes can increase the risk of complications from COVID-19. Smoking weakens the immune system, increases the risk of infectious diseases and respiratory infections, and is a major cause of chronic health conditions and cancer.1 Quitting smoking means improving lung-health, and reducing the risk of complications from the virus.

What about vaping?

There is growing evidence that vaping can harm lung health.1,2 However, it is unknown whether vaping alone impacts the effect of COVID-19. Quitting smoking and vaping will help the lungs be as healthy as possible to fight this virus.

Patients most at-risk

Those with underlying health issues, such as heart or lung problems, may have increased risk for serious complications from COVID-19. This includes people who smoke and/or vape tobacco or nicotine-containing products.2

Information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is changing frequently. For the latest information, please visit the CDC's website.

Last updated 9/10/2021 8:39 AM
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