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Lung cancer risk reduced by pairing smoking cessation services with screenings
Allison Leggett email@example.com | MUSC News Center | March 30, 2016
Photos by Anne Thompson
|Dr. Nichole Tanner, left, reviews a patient's scan with Dr. Benjamin Toll.|
Researchers say smokers who go to a doctor to be screened for lung cancer should also be encouraged to quit smoking during their visit, according to a paper co-written by Benjamin A. Toll, Ph.D., associate professor of public health from the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center.
“We are very happy about this Task Force recommendation and the approval of lung cancer screening as a benefit by CMS. Lung screening with low dose CT will save many lives by detecting lung cancer at earlier, treatable stages,” Toll said.
“However, it is critical that we provide tobacco treatment in conjunction with lung screening. Most patients will not have lung cancer, and we do not want this to be perceived as a ‘free pass’ to smoke. We also wanted to highlight the multiple benefits of smoking cessation. Moreover, research by my colleague and co-director, Dr. Nichole Tanner, convincingly shows that lung cancer risk is reduced even further when you combine lung cancer screening with smoking cessation.”