Lung cancer kills more globally than any other type of cancer. The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is only 14%. However, it’s estimated the survival rate may be increased to 80% through early detection and treatment. Lung cancer tumors are typically the size of a quarter by the time they are discovered through conventional x-ray. However, the CT scanner may detect tumors as small as a grain of rice. Early stage detection significantly improves an individual’s survival rate.