UT Southwestern Study Finds Cancer Screening Less Likely Among Current Smokers


Those that smoke are less likely to receive standard screening studies for breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer versus non smokers according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open.
The Study
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas and partners used data from the National Health Interview Survey (2010, 2013 and 2015) to assess cancer screening patterns among 83,176 individuals who never smoked (61.3%), formerly smoked (20.7%) and currently smoke (17.9%).
Investigators uncovered that compared with those that never smoked, present smokers were less likely to ever have received a colonoscopy, mammogram or prostate-specific antigen test.  Even those who had received a screening test, current smokers were less likely to have undergone screening within the recommended time frame versus  non-smokers. With the exception of prostate-specific antigen screening, former smokers were more likely than non-smokers to undergo any of the screenings.
The researchers noted that “further research is needed to identify barriers to screening among current smokers with the goal of increasing acceptance and uptake of cancer screening among this population at high risk o...

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