Updated Guidelines for Lung Screening Could Reduce Disparities

Recommending expanded screening could help African Americans, suggests new research.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) may make recommendations to revise current lung cancer screening guidelines to reduce large differences between outcomes of African American and white patients.

The decision will rest in part on research led by Melinda Aldrich, Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The research team included Kim Sandler, M.D., an assistant professor of radiology and radiological sciences and co-director of the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program.