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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Organization Launches Site To Help Screen For Lung Cancer

The Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) launched, a new Web site aimed at educating people at risk for lung cancer about the importance of yearly low-dose Computed
Tomography (CT) screening to promote early detection of the disease.

More than 70 percent of new lung cancers are diagnosed in people whose cancer is at
late- stage, when survival is poor, LCA says.

The launch of LCA's site comes less than one month after a landmark study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that yearly low-dose CT screening for people at high risk can detect lung cancer at the earliest stage, dramatically increasing chance of survival.

The current five-year survival rate for people diagnosed with lung cancer is only 15 percent. Remarkably, the study showed an estimated 92 percent 10-year survival rate for those whose cancers are detected early and removed immediately.

"We now know that screening those at high risk can detect lung cancer at the earliest stages, when it's most treatable," says Laurie Fenton, president of Lung Cancer Alliance. "This new site provides smokers, former smokers, or anyone at high risk for developing lung cancer with an
education about the screening process. It is critical for people to know their risks, and to know that they can now do something to protect themselves from this lethal disease." provides information on the importance of
screening and the screening process, tools for assessing a person's risk
for developing lung cancer, and a directory of leading institutions with
the highest screening standards. Visitors can also experience the entire
screening process by viewing videos of a person undergoing a CT scan, as
well as photographs.

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