Cancer test should be available say researchers
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.