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Study tests if lung cancer screening cuts smoking:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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A US team has been awarded $3.6m to find out whether CT screening for lung cancer will encourage cigarette smokers to give up the habit or if it will make them put off the decision even longer. In a 4,000-patient study headed by CT lung cancer screening leader Claudia Henschke, researchers from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, hope to show that CT screening can be effectively linked to smoking-cessation programmes to enhance the motivation for people to stop smoking. "We want to make screening programmes an economic and life-saving reality," said Dr Henschke. The new funds were made through matching grants of $1.8m respectively from the American Legacy Foundation and the UK's Medicsight Foundation. The study is scheduled to start in June.

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