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Scans no savior in lung cancer fight

September 17, 2007|From Times wire reports

Guidelines released Monday by the American College of Chest Physicians indicate that at present lung cancer screening with CT scanning and other methods is generally not warranted outside of studies.

The researchers conclude that screening with CT imaging or certain sputum tests does not reduce lung cancer deaths, even in high-risk groups such as heavy smokers.

In an accompanying report, published in a supplement to the journal Chest, the group lists 260 recommendations for lung cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, staging and treatment of lung cancer. The guidelines advise against the use of vitamins, particularly beta-carotene and vitamins A and E, as a means of prevention.

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