Who Should Be Screened

The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) screened patients who met the following criteria:1

  • Adults aged 55-74
  • Asymptomatic for lung cancer
  • 30 pack-year smoking history
  • Healthy enough to undergo invasive diagnostic procedures and lung resection
  • Current smokers or those who have quit smoking in the past 15 years


1. National Lung Screening Trial Research Team, Aberle DR, Adams AM, Berg CD, Black WC, Clapp JD, Fagerstrom RM, et al. Reduced lung-cancer mortality with low-dose computed tomographic screening. N Engl J Med. 2011 Aug 4;365(5):395-409. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1102873. Epub 2011 Jun 29.

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