Counseling smokers on how to quit is part of the Cancer Society’s guidance. Having a scare from a scan “is a great motivator for people to quit smoking — fear that they might have had lung cancer, that they dodged a bullet, really causes people to change and take a look at their behavior,” Wender said.
People also should be told that a normal scan doesn’t mean no change is needed.
“The absolute worse thing that would happen” is people thinking “now I’m safe and I can continue smoking,” he said.
Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute: http://1.usa.gov/UZq7Vt
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