Lung Cancer

The Task Force makes a “weak” recommendation with limited screening.

Canada’s lung cancer screening guideline recommends high risk patients undergo screening, from age 55 to 74 annually for three consecutive times. The guidelines from 2016 are outdated, with major studies released since then, leading to lung cancer screening being adopted in provinces across the country in spite of this recommendation. Without new guidelines an access barrier exists, as individuals who may have a life-saving scan may never get referred.

The recommendation is problematic. Such a short interval of screening is practical in the context of a clinical trial with a limited time horizon, but not in routine practice.” — letter from Dr. Garth Nicholas, Medical Oncologist, The Ottawa Hospital