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Barriers to lung cancer screenings based on fear, coverage
Staff Reports | News Center | April 4, 2014
|Reasons why smokers are not willing to be screened included: a lack of insurance coverage and a fear of being diagnosed with lung cancer.|
The majority of current and former smokers would welcome screenings for lung cancer if their insurance covered the spiral computed tomography scans, according to recent research.
The research, published in the current issue of the journal, Lung Cancer, from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Medical University of South Carolina surveyed more than 1,200 adult current and former smokers about their attitudes toward lung cancer screening with the use of a spiral CT scans. Current smokers (78.5 percent) and former smokers (81.4 percent) said they would be willing to be tested, if advised to do so by their physician. Reasons why smokers are not willing to be screened included: a lack of insurance coverage (smokers, 33 percent; former smokers, 25 percent) and a fear of being diagnosed with lung cancer (smokers, 33 percent; former smokers, 12.5 percent). Among former smokers, the most commonly cited reason for not having the screening was a belief that they did not have lung cancer.