CT scans' benefits seem to outweigh risks when screening smokers for lung cancer

Screening smokers and ex-smokers with spiral CT scans can reduce <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="HEDAI0000027" title="Lung Cancer" href="/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/lung-cancer-HEDAI0000027.topic">lung cancer</a> deaths by 20% without triggering too many dangerous or unnecessary tests that sometimes result from cancer screening programs, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial of more than 53,000 patients is the first to conclusively demonstrate that screening can reduce deaths from lung cancer, experts said. One question lingers: How to pay for widespread screening?

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Screening smokers and ex-smokers with spiral CT scans can reduce lung cancer deaths by 20% without triggering too many dangerous or unnecessary tests that sometimes result from cancer screening programs, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial of more than 53,000 patients is the first to conclusively demonstrate that screening can reduce deaths from lung cancer, experts said. One question lingers: How to pay for widespread screening?

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