"Cigarette smoking is dangerous to your health." So, come and have a CT scan for it might help...you quit.
Around 44,500 people are diagnosed with lung cancer every year in the UK. And the leading cause? None other than tobacco smoking! But it's not too late to break that life-threatening habit. A study found you might just need to undergo a CT scan to be motivated.
Researchers from different universities in the United Kingdom gathered more than 4 thousand participants from the ages of 50 to 75. The participants were split into two groups--those who underwent a CT scan of their lungs to detect lung cancer and those who didn’t. Yes, that's all they did and guess what?
Ten percent of the participants who had undergone CT screening successfully quitted just after two weeks and another 15 percent after two years! For those who didn’t have a screening, on the other hand, only 5 percent of them quit in two weeks and 10 percent after two years.
With that said, researchers suggest that getting a screening can help the smokers quit the habit and make them more open to offers of help.
“Our trial shows that CT lung cancer screening offers a teachable moment for smoking cessation among high-risk groups in the UK,” says Dr Kate Brain, from Cardiff University and an author of the study. “We now need evidence about the best ways of integrating lung cancer screening with stop-smoking support, so that services are designed to deliver the maximum health benefits for current and future generations.”
“Further behavioural research is needed to evaluate optimal strategies for integrating smoking cessation intervention with stratified lung cancer screening,” they write in their study.
Well, who's up for a CT scan appointment?
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