LUNG CANCER SCREENING
WHY SCREEN FOR LUNG CANCER?
Lung cancer kills more people each year than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined
Early detection and diagnosis improves the chances of lung cancer cure through treatment
Ensures timely management and treatment of the condition
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER SCREENING?
According to the Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines (US Preventive Services Task Force, USPSTF)
Individuals between the ages of 55-80 years
30 pack year or more of smoking history
Current smoker or has quit within the last 15 years
Lung cancer screening is most beneficial for individuals who are generally in good health and have no signs or symptoms of lung cancer
Individuals who may additionally benefit:
Patients with a history of lung cancer (treated >5 years ago), or individuals at an increased risk of lung cancer
Individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and occupational hazards (exposure to asbestos) may benefit
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SMOKING CESSATION AND LUNG HEALTH BENEFITS
IMPACT OF LOW-DOSE CT SCREENING ON SMOKING CESSATION
What is the key question?
▸ What is the effect on smoking cessation of
taking part in the UK randomised pilot trial of
low-dose CT lung screening?
What is the bottom line?
▸ CT lung cancer screening does not appear to
falsely reassure smokers or reduce their
motivation to stop smoking.
Why read on?
▸ For clinicians and policy makers who are
considering implementation of stratified (ie,
high-risk) lung cancer screening, this study
adds to evidence suggesting that integrating CT
screening with evidence-based smoking
cessation interventions could prompt quitting in
motivated high-risk smokers.