The Weekly: Lung cancer screening, Pfizer vaccine in cancer patients, and more

Published on March 12, 2021

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Feature story

Millions more smokers and ex-smokers should receive free annual screenings for lung cancer, a federally appointed task force says

TUESDAY, March 9, 2021 (The Washington Post)—A federally appointed task force recommended a major increase in the number of Americans eligible for free screening for lung cancer, saying expanded testing will save lives and especially benefit Black people and women.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent group of 16 physicians and scientists who evaluate preventive tests and medications, said people with a long history of smoking should begin getting annual low-dose CT scans at age 50, five years earlier than the group recommended in 2013. The group also broadened the definition of people it considers at high risk for the disease.

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Foundation news

President Biden designates March 2021 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and urges all Americans to get appointments Back on the Books

In 2000, the Prevent Cancer Foundation led the charge for the very first designation of March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month by the White House and both houses of Congress.

More than 20 years later, the important work of reducing colorectal cancer diagnoses and deaths continues. We are grateful that President Biden recognizes the importance of raising awareness of this disease and officially designated March 2021 as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

He also took the opportunity to remind Americans to get all routine medical appointments and cancer screenings Back on the Books

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