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Is there any way to detect lung cancer at an early stage?

Answered by: Glen J. Weiss, MD, MBA
Director of Clinical Research and Phase I & II Clinical Trials; Medical Oncologist

Routine screening is recommended for high-risk patients, including those aged 55 to 74, those who smoked or quit smoking within the last 15 years, or who have smoked more than 30 pack years, says Dr. Weiss. He defines pack years as the number of packs per day, multiplied by the number of years the patient smoked. It is important for high-risk patients to get a computed tomography (CT) screening and follow up with a pulmonologist, he says.

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