Propensity score analysis of lung cancer risk in a population with high prevalence of non-smoking related lung cancer

BMC Pulm Med. 2017 Sep 6;17(1):120. doi: 10.1186/s12890-017-0465-8.


Background: Lung cancer has been the leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide among both men and women in recent years. There is an increase in the incidence of nonsmoking-related lung cancer in recent years. The purpose of the present study was to investigate multiple potential risk factors for nonsmoking-related lung cancer among Asian Ethnic Groups.

Methods: We used a propensity score-mated cohort analysis for this study. We retrospectively review the medical record of 1975 asymptomatic healthy subjects (40 ~ 80 years old) who voluntarily underwent low-dose chest CT from August 2013 to October 2014. Clinical information and nodule characteristics were recorded.

Results: A propensity score-mated cohort analysis was applied to adjust for potential bias and to create two comparable groups according to family history of lung cancer. For our primary analysis, we matched 392 pairs of subjects with family history of lung cancer and subjects without history. Logistic regression showed that female gender and a family history of lung cancer were the two most important predictor of lung cancer in the endemic area with high prevalence of nonsmoking-related lung cancer (OR = 11.199, 95% CI = 1.444-86.862; OR = 2.831, 95% CI = 1.000136-8.015). In addition, the number of nodules was higher in subjects with family history of lung cancer in comparison with subjects without family history of lung cancer (OR = 1.309, 95% CI = 1.066-1.607).

Conclusions: In conclusion, risk-based prediction model based on the family history of lung cancer and female gender can potentially improve efficiency of lung cancer screening programs in Taiwan.

Keywords: Lung adenocarcinoma spectrum; Non-smoker lung cancer; Propensity score matching; Risk factor.

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Adenocarcinoma / epidemiology*
  • Aged
  • Early Detection of Cancer / methods*
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Logistic Models
  • Lung Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lung Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Propensity Score
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Taiwan / epidemiology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed