UK, Norton planning CT screens for lung cancer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Screening smokers for lung cancer by
using special X-rays called CT scans may soon become a reality in
Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center in Lexington and
Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville say they are working together
and hope to have such a program in place as early as September.
Results of a national study that showed some smokers' lives
could be saved by screening with lung scans were released
Wednesday. The government stopped the study last fall after seeing
the scans were saving lives.
Most insurers don't cover the scans because no major groups
currently recommend them.
Dr. John Hamm with the Norton Cancer Institute says Kentucky has the highest mortality rates from lung cancer in the nation.
Plans call for screening centers in Louisville and Lexington.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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