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January 10, 2001

Lung Cancer Screening

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(2):163-164. doi:10.1001/jama.285.2.163

To the Editor: When millions of people in the United States have no health insurance and basic, inexpensive preventive health measures are inadequately implemented, I find Dr Petty's1 analysis of lung cancer screening to be based on inadequate evidence. Aside from the projected cost of repetitive screening of 25% of the US population for many years, even Petty concedes that, at best, " . . . it has been shown that lung cancer screening ought to work."