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Federal panel recommends CT scans for lung cancer

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The government announced a new recommendation suggesting lung cancer deaths can be prevented if heavy smokers get regular CT scans.

For several years, Glenn McDougall got regular chest X-rays to try to catch lung cancer before it happened. He smoked up to two packs a day for nearly 30 years. Dr. Guy Petruzzelli, president of Oncology at Memorial University Medical Center, said McDougall is at high risk.

McDougall got his first CT scan about a year ago, and short while later got a more detailed one. That's when doctors found three aneurysms.

Petruzzelli said 20 percent of at-risk patients who get CT scans are able to detect lung cancer, compared to those who get regular chest x-rays.

Memorial offers the CT scans to at-risk patients for a flat rate of $150. To find out if you qualify, dial 912.350.LUNG.

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