High Mortality Rates Among Men Essay

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The shared concern among medical professionals about the potential for higher mortality rates among men over fifty due to smoking has prompted medical professionals to encourage more lung cancer screening. Screening is recommended for all men and women under the age of 80 who are present smokers or were smokers in the past. De Koning et al. (2014) identify three sub-categories for current and past smokers between 55 and 80 years old. One category covered those with 25 years since stopping, or 20 or less pack-years. In addition, also categorized were those with 15 years since quitting, and those still smoking. The latter had over 30 pack-years’ worth of smoking tobacco and were at the most risk of lung cancer and mortality. More lung deaths can be avoided through routine screening examinations with a minimum frequency of one per year (De Koning et al., 2014). Even those who quit smoking more than 25 years ago were still at risk of developing lung cancer, therefore it is still productive for these seemingly helthy ex-smokers to undergo screening. While this has helped identify lung cancer in its early stages, thus making it treatable and more easily curable, the greatest benefit in reduced fatality goes to those who quit smoking within 15 years of the De Koning et al. (2014) study. Among the different sub-categories in the De Koning et al. (2014), yearly screening in the age scope of 55 through 80 years had considerable advantages while keeping up a direct level of
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