Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A national screening program for smokers has found compelling evidence suggesting fewer people will die from lung cancer if they’re given annual CT scans.
The American Cancer Society says 12,000 fewer people would die of lung cancer every year if heavy smokers were give CT scans annually.
CT scans are a form of high resolution x-ray that can spot suspicious lung nodules.
Current or former smokers between the ages of 55 and 74 who smoked a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years were considered to be at the highest risk for lung cancer.
Read more about the study at: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/news/study-lung-screening-could-prevent-12000-deaths