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How effective is low-dose computed tomography scan in preventing lung cancer deaths?

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Research shows that people who got a low-dose computed tomography scan had their risk of dying from the disease drop by 16% against those who got chest X-rays. The test is recommended for 55 to 74 year olds who’ve smoked one or more packs of cigarettes a day for at least 30 years and are still smoking or have quite in the past 15 years.

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American Cancer Society: “Key statistics for lung cancer,” “Can non-small cell lung cancer be found early?” “What’s new in non-small cell lung cancer research?” “Targeted therapy drugs for non-small cell lung cancer.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Lung Cancer Screening.” Cancer Research Institute: “Lung Cancer.” Lung Cancer Alliance: “New Directions in Lung Cancer.”



Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 20, 2018

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American Cancer Society: “Key statistics for lung cancer,” “Can non-small cell lung cancer be found early?” “What’s new in non-small cell lung cancer research?” “Targeted therapy drugs for non-small cell lung cancer.”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Lung Cancer Screening.” Cancer Research Institute: “Lung Cancer.” Lung Cancer Alliance: “New Directions in Lung Cancer.”



Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 20, 2018

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