Lung Cancer Screening Helps Current and Former Smokers

November 5, 2014 Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Francine Jacobson

Lung cancer, the most frequent cause of cancer death in this country and around the world, continues to be an important public health epidemic. The American Cancer Society projects that in 2014, there will be 224,000 new cases of lung cancer diagnosed in the U.S., and 159,000 Americans will die from the disease.

Most, but not all, cases of lung cancer are attributable to smoking. Thus, the most important thing that people can do to reduce their risk of developing lung cancer is to quit smoking, or better yet, never start.

For current or former long-term smokers, lung cancer screening should be a priority. Research has shown that new screening guidelines for the use of low-dose computed tomography (CT)  should significantly reduce the number of deaths from lung cancer by improving early detection. In the following video, thoracic radiologist Dr. Francine Jacobson provides more details about the benefits of low-dose CT scans and who should get screened.

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