Inconclusive Lung Cancer Screenings Prompt Smokers to Quit

Marissa Murtaugh
Published: Wednesday, Mar 02, 2011
Men who undergo lung cancer screening are more likely to stop smoking if the results are inconclusive than if they are negative, according to a team of researchers from Denmark. The smokers with CT scans that were inconclusive made 1.9 attempts to quit compared with 1.5 for those FDA Updates with negative scans. In addition, 12% of men with inconclusive screens abstained from cigarettes for a prolonged period compared with 9% of the men with negative screens. Investigators noted that the differences were not statistically significant, but they said it suggests a need for more research to determine whether lung cancer screening could be a tool to promote smoking cessation. Findings were published in the European Respiratory Journal.

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