News / 

Predicting lung cancer risk possible

Posted - Nov. 29, 2004 at 3:20 p.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

NEW YORK, Nov 29, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The risk for lung cancer, the top U.S. cancer killer, can now be predicted for social smokers as well as habitual smokers.

Dr. Claudia Henschke, of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, presented the findings at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. They showed that a social smoker age 50 or older has a risk for developing lung cancer similar to that of a smoker under age 50 who smoked three packs a day for 20 years.

With annual CT screening, which identifies a high percentage of Stage I lung cancer -- the most curable form of lung cancer, there is a 76 percent to 78 percent chance of a smoker's lung cancer being cured, Henschke said. However, delaying treatment by more than six months resulted in increased tumor disease and often a higher stage of the disease.

Regardless of a smoker's age or how much has been smoked, the risk for developing lung cancer does not decline appreciably until 20 years after quitting, according to Henschke.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

KSL Weather Forecast