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Cigarettes Lung cancer deaths exceed those from breast, colon, pancreas and prostate cancer combined. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Sometimes you just don’t want to know, even when your life may hang in the balance.

A new study found that fewer than 2 percent of heavy smokers in the U.S. get recommended lung cancer screenings, an imaging test that can catch tumors when they are small and potentially curable. The numbers fall far short of screening for other types of cancer, including mammograms and colonoscopies—both procedures that are much more uncomfortable than the CT scan used to detect tiny tumors in the lungs.

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