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Bettye Givens

Bettye Givens of Kansas City didn't have any symptoms of lung cancer. She had been a long-time smoker, so during a regular doctor's visit, she asked if she could get a chest X-ray. With Bettye's history of smoking, the doctor recommended a low-dose CT scan lung cancer screening.

Through the screening, the doctors detected modules in both lungs. Bettye had two surgeries to remove the nodules in February 2017, and after a biopsy she was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer. Since the lung cancer was found at an early state, she didn't need to undergo any further treatment.

Today, she feels great and is thankful that she received the scan.

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