Impact on healthcare resources
Organized lung cancer screening requires additional healthcare resources (low-dose computed tomography scans, respirologist visits, surgeries, and smoking cessation interventions). The impact on healthcare resources depends on the eligibility criteria and number of screens offered to participants. The highest resource utilization was observed for annual screening using PLCO 1.5% risk criteria for the 50-79 age group.
Overall, implementing an organized lung cancer screening program in Canada is unlikely to have a large impact on downstream resources, such as surgery.
Explore the interactive visualization below to learn more about the results of different screening strategies.