Innovative screenings are helping James experts detect lung cancer early, giving patients better chances of beating America&rsquo;s leading cause of cancer deaths. Research shows that lung cancer screenings can reduce deaths by more than 20 percent through the identification of the disease at its earliest stages. To help diagnose lung cancers earlier, experts at the OSUCCC &ndash; James are using newly-developed tech and encouraging at risk patients &mdash; including people aged 55-77 and heavy smokers &mdash; to undergo screening. For those who don&rsquo;t qualify for screening, The James&rsquo; Dr. Michael Wert recommends the practice of prevention, most notably the avoidance of cigarettes, no matter how long a person has been smoking. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s never, ever too late to stop smoking,&rdquo; Wert says.