Why At-Risk Black Smokers May Be Falling Through The Cracks For Lung Cancer Screenings

This is a problem because black smokers face a similar, possibly even higher risk of death from tobacco-related diseases, the researchers noted.

The study was published online recently in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

“Racial differences in smoking initiation, cessation, and intensity give rise to substantial differences in risk for tobacco-related diseases,” study author Theodore Holford, a professor of public health at Yale in New Haven, Conn., said in a university news release.

More research is needed, but “this study shows that commonly used measures may give rise to disparities in access to lifesaving interventions,” added Holford, a member of Yale Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program.


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