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An inflatable cigarette is displayed to announce the drug store CVS' decision to stop selling cigarettes at its stores on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in New York.
An inflatable cigarette is displayed to announce the drug store CVS' decision to stop selling cigarettes at its stores on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, in New York.
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Study: Lung cancer screening may benefit heavy-smoking seniors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some current or former heavy smokers may benefit from a new lung cancer test even if they're 65 or older - although they experience more false alarms, suggests an analysis that comes as Medicare is debating whether to pay for the scans.

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Undated handout image from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a warning that says: "Smoking can kill you." (HO/AFP/Getty Images)
Undated handout image from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with a warning that says: "Smoking can kill you." (HO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Fla. jury slams RJ Reynolds with $23.6B in damages

MIAMI (AP) -- A Florida jury has slammed the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. with $23.6 billion in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer in 1996.

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Breyan Harris, 33, a lifelong non-smoker who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, posses at her home in Fair Oaks, Calif., Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Breyan Harris, 33, a lifelong non-smoker who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer, posses at her home in Fair Oaks, Calif., Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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New Study Aims to Rapidly Test Lung Cancer Drugs

A bold new way to test cancer drugs started Monday in hundreds of hospitals around the U.S. In a medical version of speed dating, doctors will sort through multiple experimental drugs and match patients to the one most likely to succeed based on each person's unique tumor gene profile.

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An infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. last September. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
An infusion drug to treat cancer is administered to a cancer patient via intravenous drip at Duke Cancer Center in Durham, N.C. last September. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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New Drugs May Make a Dent in Lung, Ovarian Cancer

CHICAGO (AP) -- New drugs are making a dent against some hard-to-treat cancers, but some results raise fresh questions about whether the benefit is worth the cost.

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Dr. Steven Birnbaum works with a patient in a CT scanner at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, N.H. in 2010.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
Dr. Steven Birnbaum works with a patient in a CT scanner at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua, N.H. in 2010. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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Lung Cancer Screening Could Cost Medicare Billions

Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former smokers for lung cancer, a new study estimates.

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Lung Cancer Risk Increases For Women

New research finds that women who smoke today have a much greater risk of dying from lung cancer than they did decades ago compared to those who never smoked. That is partly because they are starting younger and smoking more than women used to.

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