Dr. Henschke shares if all women should have a low dose CT (computed tomography) scan to screen for lung cancer.
No, we don’t really think that mass screening is the way to do screening. Screening should be reserved for people at high risk for lung cancer, and for lung cancer, the risk factors are age and smoking history. Those are really very important risk factors, and so we think any screening should be targeted to high-risk people. And that’s why it’s important to have that discussion with your doctor, to discuss what your risk characteristics are, and we have research that we have published in the past year or two that helps to find what your, what the benefit is of screening, given your age and your smoking history.
About Dr. Henschke, M.D., Ph.D.:
Dr. Claudia Ingrid Henschke, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., is an Attending Radiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Professor of Radiology in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical School. She is a clinical expert in percutaneous fine needle lung biopsies and thoracic radiology and board certified in Diagnostic Radiology. Dr. Henschke received her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University, her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, and medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.