Coupling head and neck cancer screening and lung cancer scans could improve detection

Adding head and neck cancer screenings to recommended lung cancer screenings would likely improve early detection and survival, according to a multidisciplinary team led by scientists affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), a partner with UPMC Cancer Center.
In an analysis, the team provides a rationale for a national clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of adding examination of the head and neck to lung cancer screening programmes. People most at risk for lung cancer are also those most at risk for head and neck cancer.