Low Dose Scans Could Prevent Lung Cancer Deaths


By Molly Clifton

Low dose CT scans of former and current smokers, could prevent an estimated 12,000 lung cancer deaths every year.

The American Cancer Society analyzed data from a national trial and found smokers who got the scan and discovered they had cancer, were better able to treat it early.

But not all doctors agree with the low-dose scans because they have a high rate of false positives and are expensive.

Forthy-three million Americans are current smokers.


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