Social Determinants of the Lung Cancer Care Continuum

Cherie P Erkmen
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.1 Unfortunately, lung cancer affects certain populations disproportionately in terms of risk, screening, detection, and treatment. For example, smoking increases the risk of getting lung cancer by 10x, and those in lower income brackets and of lower education level are 2 to 3 times more likely to be smokers.2,3 Though annual lung cancer screening can decrease mortality4, minority and underserved populations are less likely to participate in...
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