Barriers To Lung Cancer Screening

In our generation today, it is highly evident that lung cancer has been one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the whole world, both in men and women. Not only does it already lie in the topmost commonly diagnosed cancer but it also continues to raise its count as each year passes.

Studies from cancer institutes and universities show that majority of current and former smokers would want to be diagnosed for lung cancer as long as their respective health insurances cover the Spiral Computed Tomography (CT) scans.

More than 1,200 adult smokers, both current and former, were asked regarding their outlook towards lung cancer screening using spiral CT scans. Both current and former smokers said that they are willing to be tested if their respective physicians advised them to do so. On the other hand, the majority of the reasons why smokers does not let themselves get tested are because their insurance does not cover such tests. Their other statements include the fear of being diagnosed with the disease and ignorance of the matter.

Many professional organizations in the whole world including the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, have highly recommended the use of spiral CT scans for lung cancer screening. A study from the National Lung Cancer Screen Trial has also reported a 20% reduction in mortality rate when lung cancer was diagnosed with spiral CT instead of the annual chest x-rays. Up to date, only about 17% of the patients that were treated for lung cancer has survived beyond five years.

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