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Some experts believe that CAT scans are more effective than x-rays in detecting early lung cancer. Early detection of lung cancer allows for a 78% cure rate whereas a late diagnosis often results in a 5-10% cure rate. The National Cancer Institute in Washington is doing a study to compare the effectiveness of CAT scans against X-rays but the results aren't expected for another 7 years. People at particular risk of developing lung cancer (smoking and age) could benefit from having regular CAT scans to detect early cancer.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by ABC - New York - WABC - Health
About: CAT scans may be an effective early detection tool for lung cancer
Date: 6 December 2004
Source: ABC - New York - WABC - Health
Author: Dr Jay Adlersberg
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