Abnormal Lung Scan May Be 'Teachable Moment' for Smokers05/29/14
THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more serious
their lung cancer screening results, the more likely smokers are to
give up cigarettes, a new study finds.
While it's known that screening leads to early detection and
treatment of lung cancer, this new finding suggests it could also
help motivate smokers to quit.
The study results show that "abnormal screening results may
present a 'teachable moment,'" wrote Martin Tammemagi, of Brock
University in St. Catharines, Canada, and colleagues.
"Future lung cancer screening programs should take advantage of this opportunity to apply effective smoking cessation programs," they added.
For the study, published May 28 in the
Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers
analyzed data from more than 14,000 smokers, aged 55 to 70, in the
United States. They underwent an initial lung cancer screening and
follow-up screenings one and two years later.
Their screening results were classified in five levels ranging
from normal to suspicious for lung cancer. The more serious their
screening results, the more likely they were to stop smoking. This
effect lasted for five years after the last screening.
People who developed lung cancer during the follow-up were
excluded from the study.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about
lung cancer screening.
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