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January 11, 2013

Lung cancer scans backed for older, heavy smokers

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She also finally quit smoking after 40 years to qualify for lung cancer surgery.

Counseling smokers on how to quit is part of the Cancer Society's guidance. Having a scare from a scan "is a great motivator for people to quit smoking — fear that they might have had lung cancer, that they dodged a bullet, really causes people to change and take a look at their behavior," Wender said.

People also should be told that a normal scan doesn't mean no change is needed.

"The absolute worse thing that would happen" is people thinking "now I'm safe and I can continue smoking," he said.

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