Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among both men and women. Majority of lung cancers are caused by cigarette smoking and usually not detected until symptoms develop. By that time, the disease is often more advanced, making a cure much less likely.
Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) provides earlier detection, when lung cancer is most treatable and curable. It works much like an x-ray to produce images of your chest and lungs. The National Lung Screen Trial (NLST) findings reveal that those who receive LDCT had a 15-20% lower risk of dying from lung cancer than those that received standard chest X-rays. If you have a high risk of lung cancer but no signs or symptoms, a LDCT screening could help you catch potentially cancerous spots at their earliest and most treatable stage.
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