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CT scan a new life-saving tool to detect lung cancer
San Francisco Chronicle

Current and former heavy smokers have new local options for detecting lung cancer with a low-dose CT scan that can catch small tumors early and has been shown to save lives.

Some local doctors believe these scans will become as common as mammograms or colonoscopies as tools to identify tumors early among those most at risk for getting lung cancers, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the country. The idea is to catch malignant lumps when they are small and easy to remove, avoiding years of chemotherapy and other treatments that offer less chance of success.