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January 10, 2001

Lung Cancer Screening—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

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

In Reply: The letters from Dr Granat and Dr Matz illustrate 2 sides of the controversy surrounding screening for lung cancer and, indeed, a generic controversy relevant to screening for any disease. Granat looks at this issue from the personal perspective of individual high-risk patients and their physicians. She chooses to recommend routine chest radiographs for her high-risk patients based on an anecdote in which screening failed to save the patient's life and her interpretation of the results of the same studies that lead the NCI to recommend abandoning the chest radiograph as a screening method for lung cancer.