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Lung Cancer Screening

Lovoria Williams
October 16, 2019

Today on the vlog, Dr. Lovoria Williams discusses lung cancer screening. The US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) created a lung cancer screening guideline after extensive research via a national study that observed the best screening test for lung cancer prediction. The study revealed that an annual low dose CT scan test is the best method for screening lung cancer. The lung cancer screening test is quite unknown so only 5% test whereas breast cancer and colon cancer are more familiar tests and have an 80% test rate. In order to be tested, the person must have smoked a pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 years but this is very difficult to determine how much a person has smoked. This is a barrier to getting tested. Another barrier is that the patient must see a physician to understand the benefits and risks of the scan making it more difficult for the patient than something like a screening at a health fair. Lung cancer has the highest death rate of all types of cancer. Early detection is key, which is why Lovoria is eager about promoting lung cancer screening. For more about the research on lung cancer screening, refer to the following article: https://doi.org/10.7326/M13-2771

 

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