Lung cancer screening: cutting costs and saving lives

Lung cancer screening: cutting costs, saving lives

Lung cancer is the biggest cancer killer in Europe; it causes more deaths than colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. When lung cancer is detected based on symptoms, the disease is already at an advanced stage, making curative treatments impossible in up to 90% of cases. CT screening for lung cancer uses up to 90% less radiation than a conventional chest CT scan and is four times more likely to pick up an early tumour than a traditional chest X-ray. Finding tumours earlier means a curable treatment can be performed – improving outcomes and reducing medical costs.

This short film, produced by ERS, is designed to inform policy makers, patients, the general public, the scientific community and the healthcare field about the potential for CT-screening to save lives.

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