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The test that could save the life of a long-time smoker you know


September 1, 2019

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Richard Gunderman, Indiana University

(THE CONVERSATION) A test called CT lung cancer screening could save the lives of tens of thousands of American smokers and former smokers every year, but only only 4% of those eligible are getting it.

One such patient, a 58-year-old woman I’ll call Marie, battled cigarette smoking for over three decades before finally quitting on her 50th birthday. A few years later, Marie had the test, and the radiologist found an 8 millimeter nodule in...

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