Researchers at the UNM Health Sciences Center recently received a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant to study lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (CT) and smoking cessation programs among underserved minority populations in New Mexico.  These populations have higher rates of smoking and are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced-stage lung cancer.

The study team will recruit participants from a RIOS Net affiliated primary care clinic and from the UNM Hospital Multidisciplinary Chest Clinic, affiliated with the UNM Cancer Center.

Using rigorous qualitative methods, researchers will investigate factors associated with decision-making practices relevant to low-dose CT screening and lung cancer prevention programs for at-risk patients.

Principal investigators are Dr. Richard Hoffman in the Department of Internal Medicine/Family and Community Medicine, and Dr. Shiraz Mishra, in the Department of Pediatrics.