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Lung cancer patients who underwent screening were more apt to be diagnosed at earlier stages and have better outcomes than patients who were not screened, new research shows.

The findings -- from a study of close to 58,000 patients diagnosed through the U.S. Veterans Health Administration -- underscore the importance of early detection...

Only a fraction of Americans are getting recommended lung cancer screenings, new research shows.

While rates overall are up slightly, fewer than 1 in 5 people who are eligible for screening are up-to-date with it, according to the American Cancer Society-led study. 

The society and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend a yearly computed tomography (CT) scan for peop...

Researchers have shown that artificial intelligence (AI) can identify people who are at risk for lung cancer based on genetic markers in their blood.

"We have a simple blood test that could be done in a doctor's office that would tell patients whether they have potential signs of lung cancer and should get a follow-up CT scan," said corresponding author

  • Carole Tanzer Miller HealthDay Reporter
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  • June 10, 2024
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  • If you've quit smoking and have switched to vaping instead, your odds for lung cancer won't fall as steeply as if you quit nicotine altogether, new research suggests.

    “This is the first large population-based study to demonstrate the increased risk of lung cancer in e...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new drug to treat patients with an advanced form of deadly lung cancer.

    Importantly, tarlatamab (Imdelltra) is only for patients who have exhausted all other options...

    Immunotherapy can boost the survival of early-stage lung cancer patients eligible for surgery when it's combined with chemotherapy, a new clinical trial reports.

    Those who got immunotherapy before and after surgery -- along with pre-surgical chemo -- had a 42% lower risk of cancer progression, recurre...

    Chicago resident Arthur “Art” Gillespie fell ill in early March 2020 with COVID, after he and his father went to visit an uncle in a nursing facility.

    “I was hospitalized for 12 days with a high fever and cough, and during that time, they were taking scans of my lungs, which showed stage 1 lung cancer on my right lung,” Gillespie, 56, recalled in a news release. “I had no sympto...

    Kentucky resident Chasity Harney embraced a thoroughly healthy lifestyle -- eating right, exercising and never touching tobacco.

    So, her 2018 diagnosis of advanced lung cancer, which came at the age of 40, was a complete shock to both her and her family....

    As the world's population ages, a new report warns that the number of people with cancer could climb 77% by 2050.

    In the report, published Thursday in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, researchers from the American Cancer Society found there were about 20 million cancer cases and ...

    Dr. Gary Gibbon didn't have long to live.

    A harsh cocktail of chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy for his advanced lung cancer had permanently destroyed his lungs and caused irreparable damage to his liver.

    But Gibbon, a 69-year-old resident of Santa Monica,...

    The last remnants of asbestos use in the United States have now been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    While the known carcinogen has already been largely banned, the EPA

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • March 18, 2024
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  • Air pollution harms the health of everyone exposed to it, but a new study says communities of color are disproportionately harmed by dirty air.

    Smog causes nearly 8 times higher childhood asthma rates and 1.3 times higher risk of premature death among minority communities compared to white communities, researchers found.

    These elevated risks are a matter of geography, said study co-...

    Black voters support a ban on menthol cigarettes by a wide margin, refuting claims that such a ban would be strongly opposed by Black Americans, a new survey shows.

    Black voters support by a 37-point margin the menthol ban proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with 62% in favor and 25% against.

    That's even greater than the 29-point margin by which all voters support the...

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it is cracking down on air pollution.

    Specifically, the agency introduced a tougher air quality standard that takes aim at fine particulate matter -- the tiny bits of pollution that can penetrate the lungs -- by lowering the allowable annual concentration of the deadly pollutant that each state can have.

    “This final air q...

    Deaths related to ozone air pollution will rise significantly around the world during the next two decades due to climate change, a new study warns.

    Cities in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa can expect to see ozone-related deaths increase by as many as 6,200 fatalities a year by 2054 unless humans rein in global warming, researchers project.

    “This paper is furthe...

    The American Lung Association's annual report on smoking blasts President Joe Biden for failing to finalize rules that would end the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

    Last month, the Biden administration announced it was delaying until March a ban on menthol cigarettes that has been in the works for years.

    In response, the lung association's “State of Tobacco Control...

    Cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, with more than 4 million deaths prevented since 1991, a new report shows.

    But more people are developing cancers than ever, making the dreaded disease a continued threat to human health, according to the new report

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  • January 17, 2024
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  • An American's income and ethnicity could play a role in how clean the air is that they breathe, a new study finds.

    Air pollution emissions have fallen more in wealthier areas, and less in areas with larger Hispanic or American Indian populations.

    Overall, U.S. air pollution emissions have decreased substantially, but the magnitude of the change varies based on demographics, the rese...

    As more Americans with lung cancer gained access to quality care after passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), their post-surgical survival rates rose, new data shows.

    The ACA (often called Obamacare) triggered the expansion of Medicaid coverage in many states. People with lung cancer who lived in states that took advantage of that move reaped a benefit, researchers found.


    Lung cancer patients who are unsuitable candidates for surgery may have a new, effective treatment option, researchers report.

    In a small study -- just 28 patients -- investigators found that delivering higher but less frequent doses of radiation therapy, along with standard chemotherapy, upped survival rates in these cases.

    “Our data shows patients may benefit from targeted, high...

    The number of American teens who smoke or have even tried smoking has dropped dramatically compared to a generation ago, with less than 1% now saying they light up cigarettes daily.

    Researchers tracked data on students in grades 9 through 12 from 1991 through to 2021. They report a 16-fold decline in daily cigarette use -- from 9.8% of teens saying they smoked daily in 1991 to just 0.6% b...

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2024 -- Numerous studies have confirmed that annual lung cancer screening using CT scans does save lives.

    However, new data has emerged showing that scans often pick up abnormalities that lead to follow-up invasive tests -- and more complications.

    While no one is saying that all smokers and former smokers should skip lung CT scans, "real-world" complication rates ...

    When it comes to the ultra-fine particles you may breathe in from polluted air, all is not created equal as it affects your health.

    Fine particle pollutants known PM2.5 -- particles that are 2.5 microns or less in diameter -- appear to double the risk for premature death over time if they originate from coal-fired power plants versus other sources, a

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • November 27, 2023
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  • Artificial intelligence (AI) can help assess lung cancer risk in nonsmokers, a new study shows.

    The “CXR-Lung-Risk” AI program evaluates routine chest X-ray images, looking for patterns associated with lung cancer, researchers said.

    People whose chest X-rays were flagged by the AI program had twice the risk of developing lung cancer as those whose images were deemed low-risk, ac...

    Everyone knows smoking to be a major cause of cancer.

    Now, exactly how tobacco smoke triggers tumor development just got a bit clearer, thanks to new Canadian research.

    According to a team at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) in Toronto, smoking appears to prevent the formation of proteins that work to keep runaway cell development in check.

    According t...

    For smokers and former smokers, getting annual CT scans of the chest to catch lung cancers early dramatically improves survival, new research shows.

    Many people may believe lung cancer to be swiftly fatal. However, the new report found that 81% of people whose tumors had been spotted by CT screenings were still alive 20 years later.

    And if patients were lucky enough to have their ca...

    The American Cancer Society has expanded its recommendations for who should get lung cancer screening.

    The updated guidance now says annual screening should start at a younger age and among those who smoke less, and it should continue regardless of how many years ago a former smoker may have quit.

    "If you are a person who formerly smoked, once 15 years had elapsed since your cessati...

    While U.S. policymakers have restricted flavored vapes to make e-cigarettes less appealing to young people, that plan may be backfiring.

    A new study found that for every 0.7 milliliters of “e-liquid” for e-cigarettes that isn't sold because of flavor restrictions, an additional 15 traditional cigarettes were sol...

    New research uncovers troubling trends for lung cancer in young and middle-aged women.

    Cancer incidence in young women is higher than it is in men, a continuing trend, and now that extends to women over age 50, reversing historical patterns.

    “These findings are very concerning,” said study lead author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • October 13, 2023
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  • For a subset of patients with advanced lung cancer, radiation therapy can sometimes substantially extend their lives.

    Now a new study hints that a blood test could be used to identify the people most likely to benefit.

    Right now, there is no way to cure stage 4, or metastatic,...

    As cannabis use has become legal in many U.S. states for medical or recreational use, Americans' views on the drug may have gotten rosier.

    In fact, a new report finds that over 44% of adults now believe smoking weed each day is safer than inhaling tobacco smoke.

    That perception is counter to the science, however, and could have a serious impact on public health.

    “The resear...

    Millions of American smokers suffer from a potentially serious lung disease that's not technically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a new study finds.

    They would benefit from a clear diagnosis, though, and the new findings demonstrate a major gap in care for people with a history of tobacco use, the researchers said.

    Among folks who smoked at least one pack of cigaret...

    A man's cardio fitness might influence whether he'll develop -- or survive -- three of the most common cancers in males, a new Swedish study reports.

    Higher levels of cardio fitness are associated with a significantly lower risk of developing colon and lung cancers, researchers report.

    Cardio fitness also plays a role in a man's likelihood of surviving prostate, colon and lung cance...

    Cancer death rates among Hispanic Americans have declined in general over the past two decades, but for certain cancers the outlook has only gotten worse, a new study finds.

    First, the good news: Thanks to improvements in screening, diagnosis and treatment -- and a decline in smoking -- the U.S. cancer death rate has been dropping for years. And the new study found that this is true of Hi...

    The lung cancer drug alectinib (Alecensa) is more potent when taken with a fuller breakfast, or lunch, than when taken with a low-fat breakfast, researchers report.

    The Dutch team evaluated 20 patients who took one of two daily doses of alectinib with either low-fat yogurt alone, a full continental breakfast, or a lunch of their choosing. Low-fat yogurt resulted in 14% less exposure to t...

    For patients battling late-stage lung cancer, prospects for survival have improved significantly since the advent of medications known as immune checkpoint inhibitors.

    But exactly how long patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) need to be on immunotherapy has not been known. Until now.

    According to new research involving more than 1,000 patients, those with stable...

    Once-a-day use of the targeted cancer pill Tagrisso (osimertinib) cut the five-year death rate in half for a subset of patients with early-stage lung cancer, a new clinical trial shows.

    The results could have major implications for patients whose cancers carry a mutation in a gene known as EGFR, which is implicated in the out-of-control cellular growth driving a tumor. Tagrisso appears to...

    Many men will put off going to the doctor unless they are really sick, but men's health screenings help catch problems before symptoms appear.

    So, how can you tell if a health screening or preventive care appointment is right for you?

    The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), the

    Smokers in Canada will soon see health warnings on each and every cigarette they light up..

    The country will be the first in the world to print these warnings directly on individual cigarettes.

    “This bold step will make health warning messages virtually unavoidable, and together with updated graphic images displayed on the package, will provide a real and startling reminder of the...

    More patients are choosing radiation therapy over surgery to treat their early-stage lung cancer, but a new study argues they might be making a mistake.

    People who are good surgical candidates for lung cancer appear to have a five-year survival rate that's 15 percentage points lower if they opt to have radiation treatment instead, according to

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 10, 2023
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  • Does where you live affect your risk for lung cancer? Just possibly, experts warn.

    Although cigarette smoking is the principal cause of most lung cancers, new research has found evidence that Americans who live in areas where air quality is poor may be at greater risk...

    Quitting smoking will have benefits, even for those who are later diagnosed with lung cancer, new research indicates.

    While often studies compare outcomes for smokers vs. never smokers, investigators found that quitting smoking earlier also was beneficial.

    Among people diagnosed with the most common type of lung cancer, called non-small cell lung cancer, current smokers had 68% hig...

    Nearly one-third of Americans live in counties with unhealthy air, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

    One in three, or 120 million, people lives with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution, the “State of the Air” report says.

    While air quality has improved overall, there are major differences between Eastern and Western states and in air poll...

    Adding menthol flavoring to electronic cigarettes may damage your lungs more than regular e-cigarettes do, a new study reveals.

    The common mint flavoring helps deliver lots more toxic microparticles, compared with e-cigarette pods that don't contain menthol. It's those microparticles that damage lung function, researchers say.

    "Beware of additives in the e-cigarettes," said senior r...

    Retired nurse Tannaz Ameli was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer last winter. When chemotherapy failed, her doctors recommended hospice care.

    But Ameli, of Minneapolis, had other ideas. She and her husband sought out a pioneering medical team at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Today, she is a survivor of a double-lung transplant -- just the second this team of specialists has succ...

    Some patients having surgery for early-stage lung cancer may no longer need to lose an entire lobe of their lung, new research shows.

    The study results are from a phase 3 clinical trial sponsored by the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

    For the trial, nearly 700 patients with early-stage lung cancer were randomly chosen to receive either lobectomy surgery, which removes an e...

    Electric cars are still in the minority on America's roads, yet researchers are already seeing health benefits from reduced tailpipe pollution.

    In a new California study, neighborhoods with the most all-electric cars -- called zero-emission vehicles -- saw a decline in asthma-related emergency room visits. Researchers believe this was a result of lower levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in...

    The best treatment for a genetically driven form of lung cancer continues to show lasting benefits, a new clinical trial update shows.

    Tagrisso (osimertinib) nearly doubles disease-free survival in earlier-stage patients whose lung cancer is driven by a mutation in their EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) gene, researchers report.

    After four years of follow-up, disease-free sur...

    Natural gas stoves have become the latest flashpoint in America's increasingly volatile political culture, after a top federal regulator publicly mulled over banning the appliances.

    "This is a hidden hazard," the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) commissioner, Richa...

    When it comes to tobacco control, some states do a far better job than others of preventing and reducing smoking.

    A new report from the American Lung Association (ALA) notes that California, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., are doing the best job of putting proven tobacco control policies in place.

    Conversely, those who have the most need to enact policies are Alabama, Mi...