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Newer Lung Cancer Screening Saves More Lives

The latest study on lung cancer could mean a significant breakthrough for those diagnosed with the disease. According to HealthDay News, the number of deaths from lung cancer could be reduced significantly if the new form of lung cancer screening is confirmed. 

Early Diagnosis Now Possible

The screening method involves the use of Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT). Unlike the use of X-rays, the concept can detect lung cancer at its initial stage and help in early diagnosis.

According to Paul Pinsky, a study author from the U.S. National Cancer Institute, the screening method can assist in reducing the number of lung cancer deaths by up to twenty years. Ideally, lung cancer is one of the leading causes of deaths among smokers in the U.S. 

Reduced Risk of Death

Compared to X-rays screening, the risk of lung cancer death is reduced by at least 20% when screened using LDCT technology. This is according to the study done on over 53,000 patients in the US by the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) in 2011.

Apart from the NLST study, another study published in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology also confirms the significance of the LDCT screening method in reducing the risk of lung cancer in patients. This follow-up study confirms that LDCT reduces the risk of lung cancer deaths by 39% and 26% in women and men, respectively.

The study confirms that the screening can help reduce mortality by a median of 12.30 years. This figure is promising because the NLST study affirms that the study can reduce lung cancer death by at least 6.50 years.

According to the follow-up study, 303 lung cancer patients would escape death if they undergo cancer screening. The study by NLST puts this figure at 320. In both studies, we can establish the relevancy of the LDCT screening method on reducing lung cancer deaths. The results in both studies confirm other initial studies that advocate for early screening of lung cancer in patients to reduce fatalities


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