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August 1, 2007

Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(5):513-516. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.513-a

To the Editor: In their study of computed tomography (CT) screening and lung cancer outcomes, Dr Bach and colleagues1 concluded that screening for lung cancer with low-dose CT may increase the rate of lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, but may not meaningfully reduce the risk of advanced lung cancer or death from lung cancer. The authors also stated that until more conclusive data are available, asymptomatic individuals should not be screened outside of clinical research studies that have a reasonable likelihood of further clarifying the potential benefits and risks.