The Korean Cancer Society has developed a web-based ‘decision aid’ that helps the general public to determine whether or not to be screened for lung cancer or prostate cancer.
Decision aid started as a movement to encourage medical examiners to know enough information and consult with a doctor to make a decision, rather than unilaterally making decisions about it.
This method, developed to jointly consider medical issues related to a patient’s disease, by patients and medical staff (doctors), helps the general public to make cancer screening decisions based on individual risk and sufficient information.
In the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, it has been applied and used in clinical fields since the early 2000s, but domestic recognition is not yet high.
For lung cancer, national screening for people with long-term smoking history has recently begun, and for prostate, there is no national screening or recommendation yet. Accordingly, the Korean Cancer Society recently developed a decision-making tool for cancer screening for lung and prostate cancer with support from the Cancer Research Foundation.
The decision-making tool developed by the Korean Cancer Society presents individualized risk factors for lung cancer and prostate cancer in consideration of individual risk factors such as height, weight, smoking, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Users can check the average risk in the same age group and gender as well as the average risk in the absence of any risk factors, and check information on how high their risk of lung cancer and prostate cancer is relatively high.
In addition, information on lung cancer and prostate cancer, as well as benefits and harm-related contents, can be viewed as an explanatory video, so that you can decide whether or not to check-up on your own after fully considering them. The decision-making tool of the Korean Cancer Society is available on both mobile and computer.
The Cancer Society said, “One in three Korean adult males and one in four adult females will experience cancer during their lifetime.” Early detection and treatment of cancer through screening can greatly increase the cure rate.”
Meanwhile, in Korea, national cancer screening is conducted through the National Health Insurance Corporation, and gastric cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, and liver cancer screening are conducted according to age and gender.