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Lung Cancer Blog: Chest X-Rays Can Identify Early Lung Cancer

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Dec 21, 2005

Chest X-Rays Can Identify Early Lung Cancer

Chest X-Rays Can Identify Early Lung Cancer
Screening chest x-ray identifies a considerable number of lung cancers at an early potentially curable period, according to early findings from the leading US study of the efficacy of screening for lung cancer in men and women.

As per the early chest x-rays of 77,465 people in the screening section of the test, 5,991 -- nearly 9 percent -- had results that were considered "suspicious for lung cancer."

Upon advanced testing, 126 persons were detected with lung cancer, say the investigators, 44 percent of the tumors were early stage I cancers.

Prominently, 44 percent of the cancers were in the disease's initial stage, noted lead researcher Dr. Martin Oken of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Center.


He pointed out that screening is beneficial on the supposition that it can lead to detection of dangerous lung cancers at an earlier, more localized phase when it is more likely to be curable. In the present study, nearly 50 percent of screening-detected lung cancers were localized."

Lung cancer may not produce any symptoms at the initial period of growth. When a patient starts to experience symptoms, such as a cough that doesn't go away, the cancer is often highly developed and cure is rarely possible.

Many scientists are betting that tests like, spiral CT scan, would prove a better screening tool. A separate government study is under way comparing X-rays with spiral CTs. This $300 test is already is in high demand, as many smokers and former smokers aren't waiting for the evidence from clinical trials.

Scott      



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