February 06, 2020

ACR Urges HHS to Promote LCS in Anti-Smoking Public Health Campaigns

In comments submitted in early February, the American College of Radiology® (ACR®) encouraged Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), to mention the benefits of low-dose CT (LDCT) lung cancer screening for high-risk individuals in his department’s anti-smoking public service announcements and related campaigns.

We believe a public health awareness campaign targeted to patients and health care providers would lead to a profound improvement in the targeted public’s knowledge of and participation in LDCT lung cancer screening programs.

Given the demonstrated success of existing HHS anti-smoking campaigns, such as Smokefree and BeTobaccoFree, the department has a unique responsibility and opportunity to increase public awareness of LDCT and encourage its adoption. Lung cancer screening saves lives.

As illustrated by our Lung Cancer Screening Resources Webpage, the ACR is a good resource for safe, effective lung cancer screening, with the latest research, toolkits and key patient information.