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TODAY   |  December 31, 2013

New guidelines released for lung cancer screening

Government advisors are calling for yearly CT scans for “high risk” individuals who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years and are between ages 55 and 80 as well as those who have quit smoking in the last 15 years.

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>> they're out with new guidelines about testing for lung cancer . the guidelines call for yearly ct scans for people described as high risk . basically those that smoked a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years and are between the ages of 55 and 80. anyone who has quit smoking within the last 15 years should also be screened. one official says the new testing may save 20,000 lives a year.