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Is there a way to screen people at high risk for lung cancer?

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One of the things that makes lung cancer dangerous is the fact that symptoms don’t usually appear until the disease is at a late stage. Doctors can now check for lung cancer in people at high risk for it using what’s known as a low-dose computed tomography scan.

SOURCES:

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

SOURCES:

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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