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Annual Lung Cancer Screening Urged For Heavy Smokers

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ST. PAUL, MN (KDAL) - The Minnesota Chapter of the American Lung Association is supporting a recent government panel recommendation that heavy smokers, 55 and over, have an annual C-T scan to check for lung cancer.  The association says more than 2 thousand Minnesotans died of lung cancer in 2009 more than three times the other cancer deaths combined.  It is often deadly because symptoms don't begin until the advanced stages of the disease.  The recommendation may mean many health insurance companies would start covering the costs of the test.

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