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Chest X-rays fail to detect lung cancer in nearly a quarter of patients, a review has suggested.
Researchers found the machines miss up to 23 per cent of tumours - despite being one of the main methods for diagnosing the deadly disease.
X-rays - Date - UK - Reliance - Rates
They claim X-rays are out of date, and the UK's reliance on them may partly explain why survival rates lag behind the rest of Europe.
Lung cancer kills 36,000 Britons every year and around 50,000 are diagnosed with the disease annually. Fewer than one in 10 patients survive past five years.
Cancers - Survival - Rates - Years
And, unlike many other cancers, survival rates have hardly changed in the last 40 years.
Researchers from the University of Leeds and University of Exeter have called for X-rays, which cost £25 a pop, to be scrapped as the first-line test for lung cancer.
CT - Scans
They say they should be replaced by CT scans, which cost up to £500 per scan and are far more time-consuming.
CT scans use a combination of X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body.
NHS - Watchdog
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