Lung Plus Head and Neck Cancer Screening Reveals High Rate of Malignancies: CT Scan NYC
POSTED ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2015 AT 1:46 PM by Dr. Marc Liebeskind
Using CT technology to screen patients for head and neck cancer in addition to lung cancer reveals relatively high instances of tumors, according to a new analysis published online January 5th in Cancer. The analysis suggests that it may be useful to add head and neck screening to the lung cancer screening of patients that meet the criteria for a CT lung cancer screening. Head and neck cancers are too rare to screen the general population, according to an article published on the topic on AuntMinnie.com, however those who are most at risk for lung cancer also have a higher risk of head and neck cancers.
CT lung cancer screenings are performed at our private NYC radiology facility. The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography in adults aged 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. If you meet the criteria for a lung cancer screening, speak with your provider today about the benefits and risks for you.
Head and neck cancer is the world’s sixth most common cancer with cigarette smoking being a major risk factor. The analysis’s lead author Ronak Dixit, along with colleagues including Dr. Joel Weissfeld, Dr. David Wilson, and Diergaarde concluded that it may indeed be useful to examine individuals who come in for lung cancer screening for head and neck cancer as well. The study is the first step in evaluating the effectiveness of adding head and neck cancer screening for individuals who qualify for CT lung cancer screening programs. The results give grounds for the potential of a national clinical trial to further investigate this association.
The analysis authors noted that survival rates for head and neck cancers have improved little over the past several decades, “thus, there is a strong need to develop strategies that will result in the identification of head and neck cancer at an earlier stage when it can be curatively treated.”
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