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Lung cancer screening with CT scans urged for heavy smokers

from The Boston Globe

Many heavy smokers and ex-smokers who recently quit should be screened annually for lung cancer with a computed tomography (CT) scan that uses a low dose of radiation, a national panel of prevention experts said recently. Some of these people now get routine chest X-rays, but the panel concluded that CT scans are better able to detect the tiniest lung cancers at an early, more curable stage. Current cigarette smokers ages 55 to 80 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years or people who had those same smoking habits within the past 15 years should be screened, advised the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a group created by Congress. more

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