Is Health Screening for Lung Cancer beneficial?

Posted on July 24, 2013

Health screening for lung cancer could be beneficial after all.  Bluecrest Health Screening was interested to learn from recent research that suggested people at the highest risk of developing lung cancer appear to derive the most benefit from health screening.

This information comes from a recent study which was documented in the July issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed evidence to support the idea that Health Screening for lung cancer is beneficial if focused on populations that are most at risk.

Bluecrest Health Screening is presently collecting health screening data to carry out similar analysis for different diseases; particularly diabetes and peripheral arterial disease.

Health Screening for Lung Cancer – the Results

The reports analysis showed that 12,000 deaths from lung cancer could be prevented each year in the US if all screening-eligible current and former smokers underwent low-dose CT screening.

It is clear that CT screening detects lesions that are very small, and that they will be missed with chest x-ray,” said Zab Mosenifar, MD, Co-director of the Women’s Guild Lung Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

“This study is a step in the right direction, trying to define who is at the highest risk and who would benefit the most from screening,” said Dr. Mosenifar. A critical next step will be to determine cost-effectiveness. “We need to narrow screening to a very special population — one at very high risk — but even then it’s a huge number.”

Bluecrest Health Screening offers blood tests that can help screen for lung cancer.  It is important to remember that a Bluecrest Health Screening is not a replacement for medical treatment.  Instead, a health screening is a means to help detect the early signs of illness and to help you understand your key health risks.  With this information you can take a proactive approach to managing your health and help reduce your chances of illness.