New Lung-Cancer Study Sparks Controversy

The latest report directly contradicts an October study that concluded early detection by CT scans could prevent 80% of deaths

A large international study looking at the use of controversial, and expensive, computed tomography (CT) scans to screen for lung cancer has determined that the technology does not reduce deaths from the disease. The finding directly conflicts with a widely publicized study from last October that estimated 80% of lung-cancer deaths could be prevented by CT screening, and has galvanized the two sides of the debate (see BusinessWeek.com, 10/25/06, "Lung Cancer: Hope for Early Detection").

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