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  • 12.4.11

    Lung cancer scans will save lives

    The Richmond Times Dispatch | Linda Forem

    More people die of lung cancer each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. Of those newly diagnosed, 60 percent are currently not smokers — either they never smoked, or they have quit. And, most alarming, only 15 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer today will survive five years. The tide can turn, because there is now hope for early detection of lung cancer. That hope is a low-dose CT scan that has been proven to save lives by finding cancerous nodules in the lungs of high-risk patients at Stage I — when surgery is an option. Why should lung cancer be treated any differently than breast, colon or prostate cancers?

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