Current, Former Smokers and Lung Cancer Screening

Most current and former smokers in the United States don’t get screened for lung cancer even though they’re at increased risk for the deadly disease, a new study reveals.

The findings highlight the need to educate doctors and at-risk patients about lung cancer screening, according to the American Cancer Society researchers.

Their analysis of federal government data found that the proportion of eligible current and former smokers who underwent lung cancer screening in the past 12 months remained low — 3.3 percent in 2010 to 3.9 percent in 2015.

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