(HealthDay) – According to a study published online Jan. 12 on JAMA Network Open, differences in eligibility for lung cancer screening, gender, racial and ethnic foresight may persist.

Thomas J. Reese, Pharm.D., Ph.D., of the University of Utah at Salt Lake City, and colleagues used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Monitoring System (2017-2018) to assess adults (ages 50 to 80 ) with a history of smoking in 19 states who used the optional lung cancer screening module. The change in eligibility for female, male, black, Hispanic, and white participants (40,869 people) was investigated before and after the U.S. Task Force on Preventive Services revised the eligibility criteria.

The researchers found that the revised criteria changed suitability for men (29.4 to 38.3 percent), women (25.9 to 36.4 percent), whites (31.1 to 40.9 percent), blacks ( 16.3 to 28.8 percent) and Hispanic Americans (10.5 to 28 percent) increased 18.7 percent). However, the chances of eligibility were lower for women versus men (adjusted odds ratio 0.88) and for blacks (adjusted odds ratio 0.43) and Hispanic populations (adjusted odds ratio 0.70) versus whites.

“These results suggest that there may still be differences between women and ethnic minorities under the revised policy,” the authors write.

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