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Lung Cancer Scares Vary by State, Study Finds
Date:4/9/2013

early-stage disease and treating it when it is curable. However, "lung surgery is major surgery and has a much higher risk for death and complications compared with diagnostic operations for other cancers, such as breast and prostate cancer," Deppen said. "So, more surgeries for benign disease will result in more deaths and harm from the diagnostic process and will reduce the benefit that was observed in the original NLST."

Data and conclusions presented at meetings typically are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

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The American Lung Association has more about lung cancer.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research, news release, April 9, 2013


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