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CT Scans Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BETHESDA, Md.) -- A new study suggests that CT screening can reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent thanks to early detection. 

The study released Thursday by the National Cancer Institute could have significant implications in how doctors screen for the disease.

"This is the first time that we have seen clear evidence of a significant reduction in lung cancer mortality with a screening test in a randomized controlled trial," said Christine Berg, M.D., project officer for the Lung Screening Study at NCI. 

Results of the study showed that there were 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths among trial participants screened with a low-dose helical CT compared to a chest X-ray. 

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