Date of Publication

1-21-2015

Abstract

Introduction: Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer death among men and women in Vermont and the United States. Smoking increases the risk of lung cancer—nearly 90% of lung cancer is due to smoking. Frequently, lung cancers do not present clinically until they are advanced stage and therefore prognosis is poor. However, if detected early lung cancers are more operable and patients have better outcomes. In December 2013 the US Preventive Services Task Force released new guidelines for lung cancer screening among current and former smokers ages 55 to 80. It is recommended that current and former (within 15 years of quitting) smokers of 30 pack years receive an annual low-dose CT scan. The objective of this project was to assess the level of knowledge and attitudes towards lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scanning among Vermonters in the Burlington area.

Advisor(s)

David Kaminsky, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Rebecca Ryan, American Lung Association

Sharon Mallory, MPH, Vermont Department of Health

Agency

American Lung Association and Vermont Department of Health

Subjects

Access to Health Services, Cancer, Health-Related Quality of Life & Well-Being, Respiratory Diseases, Tobacco Use

Notes

Presented at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo, Denver, CO, November 2, 2015.

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