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November 5th, 2010
07:55 AM ET

CT scans slash heavy smoker lung cancer risk

The first clear evidence that screening tests may help fight the nation's top cancer killer.

New research out from the National Cancer Institute this week finds that screening heavy smokers with a special type of CT scan can reduce lung cancer deaths.

This morning, Dr. Douglas Lowy of the National Cancer Institute joins John Roberts on American Morning to detail the study's findings and their significance.

Filed under: American Morning • Health
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  1. Julie

    If you have no insurance, what good is seeking detection?
    I wish Cnn would do a story on my friend Cindy. Cindy had two mammagrams done. Because she had no insurance, they never told her. She lost her job due headaches. She went into emergency room 6 times where they said they "stablized" her and sent her home.
    The 7th time, she was thrashing around on gurney from the pain and fell off and went into coma. They shipped her to another hospital where they found over 100 tumors in her head from the double breast cancer that was never treated. She died one year later.
    Many stories of sheer devastation of people I encountered, mostly because they had no insurance, and some that had insurance were denied coverage. Long awaited reform is sooo appreciated. .
    Years ago Scientific American, stated that most lung cancers, stomach cancers were due the filters in cigarettes that contained asbestos. They no longer due. Asbestos was also used in toothpaste as an abrasive,. iron stands for ironing clothes, and pot holders for food, brakes linings, and many other items. Now the foe is plastic food and drink containers...

    November 6, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  2. sally dalrymple

    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2009. As a result I had a routine CT scan to determine the extent of that cancer. A nodule was
    seen on my lung, which was subsequently removed in August 2010. It was adenocarcinoma (lung cancer). Had I not had the routine scan, I would still have early stage lung cancer. I consider that I am a very lucky person.

    November 5, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  3. AC

    The real issue here is how the cancer industry defines "survival." It's generally an arbitrarily selected period of time after the initial detection of the cancer. CT scans don't really increase how long you will actually survive: CT scans just pick up tumors at an earlier stage (not necessarily a bad thing, but not really all that meaningful either) – increasing the number of "survivors," at least on paper. These people will still die (presuming they actually had cancer, CT scans have a high rate of false-positives, which further inflates the number of "survivors").

    The bottom line is that we still have no effective treatment for cancer – detection is largely irrelevant.

    November 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm |