Routine lung cancer screenings may lower a patient’s motivation to stop smoking, according to a recent study.

The most effective method to decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers is obviously smoking cessation. However, following the publication of National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, many healthcare providers have begun offering lung cancer screening. However, it is still important to ensure that screening is not perceived as a substitute for smoking cessation. This study aimed to determine how the availability of screening influences patient’s motivations regarding cessation.

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