Telemedicine may have positive impact on lung cancer screenings


(WIVB) — According to a recent study, telemedicine, or virtual doctor appointments, may be having a positive impact on lung cancer screenings.

Screening for lung cancer virtually is just as effective as going to see the doctor in person and may help improve racial disparities.

A study from Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia showed single-visit telemedicine appointments were just as good for diagnosing the disease.

Researchers say the African-American population is less likely to be screened and treated for lung cancer, but virtual visits make screenings more accessible to minority populations.

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