Should I get a screening CT scan of my lungs to look for lung cancer if I am age 55-80 and have smoked an average of 20 cigarettes or more daily for 30 years?
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CT scan of the lungs for lung cancer screening does help diagnose lung cancer; however, there are potential downsides such as radiation exposure and cost. For every 1,000 smokers who are screened, we are able to save about 4-5 lives on average. Not unreasonable, but undoubtedly worthy of considering.
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