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January 12, 2013

Cancer scans backed for smokers

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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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Online:

Cancer Society: www.cancer.org

National Cancer Institute: http://1.usa.gov/UZq7Vt

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