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Long distances to screening may perpetuate disparities in lung cancer for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives

About one-quarter of the closest lung cancer screening facilities for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives was more than 200 miles away, according to a new study. The average distance for the three-quarters of facilities within 200 miles was about 44 miles. American Indian and Alaskan Natives have nearly three times higher incidence rates of lung …

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Blacks half as likely as Whites to get lung cancer screening

Among current or former smokers, Blacks were 53 percent less likely than equally healthy Whites to undergo low-dose CT lung cancer screening, in a study of more than 14,000 U.S. patients aged 55 to 79. Unfortunately, this disparity occurs “despite the potential for greater benefit of screening this population,” said researcher Alison Rustagi of the …

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New lung cancer screening guidelines may eliminate disparities between Blacks and Whites

New lung cancer screening eligibility criteria can eliminate the racial disparities in who qualifies for screening. Researchers applied the new criteria to a past study of nearly a thousand lung cancer patients in the Detroit, Michigan, area. Under the old criteria, 52% of White patients vs 42% of Black patients would have been eligible for …

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Centralized lung cancer screening programs more effective for Black patients

Blacks referred to a dedicated lung cancer screening program, instead of to a general radiology department, are more likely to follow up positive screening results and more likely to continue undergoing annual screening. Dedicated or centralized programs actively recruit and guide patients through the entire screening and followup process. In a study of more than …

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Medicare lowers starting age to 50 for free lung cancer screening

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded eligibility for people with Medicare to get free lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography (LCDT) by lowering the starting age for screening to 50 years and reducing the tobacco smoking history from at least 30 packs per year to at least 20 packs …

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New lung cancer screening guidelines may reduce disparities

New recommendations for who should get CT lung cancer screening may provide more access to screening for African Americans, according to a new study that looked at how the new criteria would have worked in the past. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in 2021 changed its lung cancer screening eligibility guidelines to include adults …

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Expanding access to lung cancer screenings still leaves some at-risk Black and Hispanic smokers ineligible

Black and Hispanic smokers are still less likely to be eligible for lung cancer screenings than white counterparts, despite a federal effort to expand the screenings to more individuals. The change did increase overall eligibility from 11 percent to 14 percent of adults, but existing disparities among racial and ethnic groups persisted, according to researcher …

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Lung cancer death rates highest in states with lowest screening rates

“On the leaderboard for lung cancer mortality, Kentucky is number 1, Mississippi, number 2, Arkansas number 3, and Tennessee and West Virginia at number 4 and 5. At number 6 is Alabama, and then you have the Carolinas and Louisiana,” says Raymond U. Osarogiagbon, MD (above), of the Baptist Cancer Center in Memphis, Tennessee. “If …

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New lung cancer screening guidelines increase eligibility for minorities and women

New lung cancer screening guidelines will likely increase eligibility by nearly 54 percent. increasing the overall proportion of women, racial and ethnic minority groups, and individuals with lower socioeconomic status, according to new research by Kaiser Permanente. The new guidelines are also projected to lead to an estimated 30 percent increase in lung cancer diagnoses …

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Black patients far less likely to follow up lung cancer screening results

Black patients were 33 percent less likely to followup the negative results of their lung cancer screening, according to a meta-analysis of seven studies. This gap persisted for all stages of lung cancer. See the abstract of the scientific paper “Racial Differences in Adherence to Lung Cancer Screening Follow-up: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” by Yukiko …

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