New lung cancer screening guidelines could save lives at Ohio State through crucial early detection. The United States Preventive Services Task Force has changed recommendations for screening to include adults aged 50-80 who have a history of smoking a pack a day for 20 years or an equivalent amount, like a half-pack a day for 40 years, among other changes. The new guidelines are an important step in ensuring that more people undergo crucial screening, which can significantly increase the chances of potentially life-saving early detection of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths. \"Most people who get lung cancer are diagnosed at advanced stages,\" Michael Wert, MD, says. \"It's incredibly beneficial to get people screened who have no symptoms at all but who are at high risk for lung cancer.\"