Can­cer test should be avail­able say re­searchers

Central Leader - - News -

A sim­ple test found to help iden­tify smokers at in­creased risk of de­vel­op­ing lung can­cer should be rou­tinely avail­able through gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers, re­searchers say.

A study by the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land and Auck­land Hospi­tal has found smokers with chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD, known as smoker’s lung) were six times more likely to get lung can­cer than smokers without the dis­ease.

The re­searchers be­lieved smokers should be rou­tinely screened for COPD through spirom­e­try, a sim­ple breath­ing test.

“By iden­ti­fy­ing smokers with re­duced lung func­tion (or COPD), peo- ple at greater risk of lung can­cer can be iden­ti­fied at a time when quit­ting smok­ing can still sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce their risk,” lead re­searcher As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Robert Young of Auck­land Uni­ver­sity said.

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