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SHOULD EVERYONE UNDERGO CT SCREENING FOR LUNG CANCER?  ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Using low dose CT to screen people at risk for developing lung cancer did help them live longer, a recent large, long term study concluded, but that doesn’t mean everyone should opt for such a study.  Rosalyn Jeurgens, a lung cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says these study participants were carefully chosen.

JUERGENS: Patients had to be between the ages of 55 and 74, they had to have smoked a certain amount.  The way that we measure as physicians how much someone has smoked is in something called pack years.  So if folks out there want to calculate how many pack years they have smoked you figure out how many packs of cigarettes a day did you smoke and you multiply that by how many years you smoked.  That’s your pack years.  Patients actually had to have had at least 30 pack years of smoking to qualify for this study.   :29

For now, Juergens and others advocate for people at high risk only to undergo screening CT for lung cancer.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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