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Should I get a chest X-ray each year to test for lung cancer?

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Chest X-rays aren't proven to detect early lung cancer, so annual chest X-rays for lung cancer screening aren't recommended. However, some experts those with higher odds for lung cancer should get CT screening should be offered to those at high risk of lung cancer. That includes smokers and former smokers ages 55 to 74 who smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or more, and either continue to smoke or have quit within the past 15 years.

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National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 20, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Cancer Institute. 

National Institutes of Health. 

WebMD Medical Reference from the American College of Physicians: “Section 12 VIII Lung Cancer.”

News release, FDA.

American Cancer Society.

American Lung Association. 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 20, 2019

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