Lung Cancer Screening: CT Scans More Effective than X-rays

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Getting diagnosed with cancer is one of the most devastating news for a person, but what follows the diagnosis is what truly tests your spirit in fighting this horrible disease.  Everyone has the human right of receiving the best possible treatment and the sooner the diagnosis there is a higher likelihood of the person surviving.

Screening for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (CT scans) rather than chest X-rays may be a more effective way of detecting the disease,Medscape Today reported.  Researchers took a look at the benefits of various types of lung cancer screening available to patients and physicians.  Dr. William C. Black, professor of radiology states “In many of the previous analyses people have assumed that there would be three or four or five additional diagnostic tests for every positive screen, and this has ramifications for the cost effectiveness of screening,”

Who is eligible for lung cancer screening?

People eligible for lung cancer screening include men and women, ages 55 to 74, who have a 30-pack-per year history of smoking, those who have quit smoking in the last 15 years and those who are medically fit for surgery.

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