The National Cancer Institute is conducting a study to determine if screening
people with either chest X-ray or spiral computerized tomography--also
called spiral CT--before they have symptoms can reduce deaths from lung
cancer. Doctor Denise Aberle--the principal investigator for the National
Lung Screening Trial, or NLST--explains...
"Both chest X-rays and spiral CT scans have been used to find lung
cancer early. But, so far, neither has been shown to be effective in reducing
a person's chance of dying from lung cancer. So, this study is trying
to find which of those two methods will be better at lowering lung cancer
deaths. Now, the reason why that's important is because lung cancer itself
accounts for about 28 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States."
For more information about the NLST--and to find the center nearest you--call
the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Servicetoll-free, Monday
through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 1-800-4-CANCER, for information
in English or Spanish. The number for callers with TTY equipment is 1-800-332-8615.
You can also log on to Cancer.gov/NLST.
This is Calvin Jackson, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.