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August 1, 2007

Computed Tomography Screening for Lung Cancer

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2007;298(5):513-516. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.514-b

To the Editor: We believe that the conclusion reached by Dr Bach and colleagues1 was based on an analysis that was flawed due to inadequate exclusion of participants. If only 5 of the 39 deaths had been excluded, this would have resulted in the observed number of deaths being statistically significantly lower than that predicted by their model, leading to a conclusion of reduced mortality.