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New tool for clinicians proves effective predictor of lung cancer risk
Date:8/20/2012

ncorporated the harms and benefit of using a risk model to make clinical decisions, indicated that the LLP risk model performed better than smoking duration or family history alone in stratifying high-risk patients for lung cancer CT screening.

Professor Field added: "The identification of individuals with a high risk of developing lung cancer who require appropriate investigations and subsequent treatment is the most important area of early lung cancer research today. The potential for lung cancer screening programmes is now a major focus of ongoing UK and international clinical screening trials which potentially could be instigated in Europe within the next three years. We need to be in a position to have validated methods in place to identify individuals for these screening programmes. The validation of the LLP Risk Model now provides the community with a powerful tool for the selection of future patients into such screening programmes."

Paula Chadwick, Chief Executive of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said: "For the majority, lung cancer is characterised by late diagnosis and remains a devastating disease. That is why the Foundation has focused on funding early detection research over many years. We warmly welcome this research publication, in furthering knowledge on lung cancer screening and we thank our supporters, whose generosity has funded this important work."


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Contact: Kate Mizen
kate.mizen@liv.ac.uk
0044-151-794-2247
University of Liverpool
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