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Can doctors find lung cancer early?

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A type of CT scan, called spiral or helical low-dose CT scanning, has helped to find the disease early in smokers and former smokers when combined with other tests.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends an annual CT scan for adults ages 55-80 who are heavy smokers or ex-smokers who quit within the past 15 years.

Keep in mind that scans also find a lot of things that lead to more tests, or even surgery, and turn out not to be cancer. So, before you get a scan, you’ll want to weigh the pros and cons with your doctor.

From: Lung Cancer FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Lungcancer.org: "Lung cancer 101." 

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Lung Cancer - Non-small Cell. What are the key statistics for lung cancer."

CDC: "Lung cancer Risk factors." 

CDC: "Lung cancer Symptoms." 

Lung Cancer Alliance News: "Lung Cancer Reducing Risk." 

Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Trial, National Cancer Institute: "Can Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Be Found Early?" 

Schabath, M.  , Sept. 28, 2005. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

SOURCES: 

Lungcancer.org: "Lung cancer 101." 

American Cancer Society: "Detailed Guide: Lung Cancer - Non-small Cell. What are the key statistics for lung cancer."

CDC: "Lung cancer Risk factors." 

CDC: "Lung cancer Symptoms." 

Lung Cancer Alliance News: "Lung Cancer Reducing Risk." 

Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) Trial, National Cancer Institute: "Can Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Be Found Early?" 

Schabath, M.  , Sept. 28, 2005. The Journal of the American Medical Association

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 10, 2018

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