Wendy Cohn, PhD

Funded by the V Foundation’s Virginia Vine event

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.  When lung cancer is found before it spreads to other parts of the body, it can be treated and people can live longer.

There is a screening test for people who are at high risk for lung cancer.  People who are over 50 and have smoked may be able to get screened.  However, less than 6% of Americans in this group have been screened for lung cancer.  People may not be screened because they do not know about lung screening or are worried about being screened.  This project will create educational materials to help people understand if they are eligible for lung cancer screening, explain the benefits and risks and help them talk to their doctor. Education will be made available by video, in print and by website. We will test the materials using a survey. The survey will help us learn how people like the materials and if they learned about lung cancer screening.

Location: UVA Health System: Cancer Center - Charlottesville
Proposal: Increasing early detection of lung cancer screening by increasing awareness and uptake of lung cancer screening in primary care
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