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Date:7/25/2014

r free,” said Gareen.

The study, Impact of Lung Cancer Screening Results on Participant Health-Related Quality of Life and State Anxiety in the National Lung Screening Trial, is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.28833/pdf. It was conducted through the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), now part of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, with funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

"At the introduction of agreeing to participate in the NLST, I was fully aware of the potential ramifications of whatever potential medical results that might be given to me as an outcome of the screening, knowing full well that tests do come back with false-positives at times,” said participant Kit Spikings. “This truly did not play a factor or have any negative connotation for me to second-guess if I truly wanted to partake in the NLST. I believe I was more concerned with the final results of the NLST, and the chance to take part in a study so important and so vital to every human being who smokes."

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends low-dose CT screening every year for people between 55 and 80 years old who are at high risk for lung cancer because they are currently heavy smokers or have quit within the past 15 years. The recommendation is based, in large part, on the central finding of the NLST,

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