Black Lung Cancer Patients May Be Missing Out On Era of Targeted Therapy

June 01, 2021

Meta-analysis shows lower prevalence of four known driver mutations among Black lung cancer patients. More research into tumor biology of Black patients might yield targeted therapies that would benefit Black lung cancer patients, says the lead author, Philippos A. Costa, M.D.

Lung Cancer Screening Has Had Few Takers. Will Updated Recommendations Make a Difference?

May 20, 2021

A small fraction of those who were eligible under previous U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations were screened with low-dose CT scans. New recommendations will make an additional 6.4 million Americans eligible, but a number of barriers to screening remain.

How the Menthol Cigarette Ban May Affect the African American Smoking Paradox

May 05, 2021

The prevalence of smoking among African American young adults “catches up” with other groups despite the low rate among Black youth. The ban on menthol may affect this and other aspects of smoking patterns among Black Americans.