National Cancer Institute Issues Results of Important New Lung Cancer Study

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The early stages of lung cancer are usually silent. There are no symptoms, and the person does not know about the terrible disease lurking undetected in his or her chest. At the same time, that person's best chance of survival is early detection. So, how can that be accomplished? How can lung cancer be detected if it is asymptomatic?

Last month, the National Cancer Institute released the results of a study that may help answer those questions. According to the results of the study, using annual low-dose CT-scans to screen for lung cancer in heavy smokers (and former heavy smokers) may decrease lung cancer deaths by 20% when compared to the use of annual chest x-rays to screen for lung cancer.*

If the cancer is caught early, even before symptoms appear, then tumors may be removed surgically before the cancer spreads throughout the body, and this may greatly increase a patient's chances of survival.

The National Lung Screening Trial studied 53,000 current and former smokers who had smoked an average of one pack a day for at least 30 years and were between the ages of 55 and 74. It is unclear what recommendations will come out of this study and whether one pack a day for 30 years and over age 55 will become a new standard in using low dose CT-Scans to screen for this dangerous disease.

If you have experienced a delayed lung cancer diagnosis then you may have suffered physically and emotionally. Please contact an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to discuss your rights and potential legal recovery.

*Source: NIH-funded study shows 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality with low-dose CT compared to chest X-ray: NCI Press Release June 29, 2011

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