Implementing Lung Cancer Screening in Primary Care: Module 1
Why is it important for primary care practices to screen for lung cancer?
Lung cancer is the leading site of cancer deaths for both men and women, is a common cause of morbidity, there is a high-risk identifiable target group (patients who smoke), there are effective therapies with early diagnosis, and there is a sensitive screening test available – all contributing to a strong rationale for screening. This module will introduce the Implementing Lung Cancer Screening in Primary Care project, discuss the history of lung cancer screening, the evidence for lung cancer screening, and issues related to stigma that may limit screening.
At the conclusion of this module, the learner will be able to:
- Describe the evidence-based guidelines and rationale for lung cancer screening in primary care.
- Discuss the complexity of the tobacco/lung cancer relationship.
- Discuss barriers and stigma associated with lung cancer screening.