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Comment & Response
November 7, 2019

Defining Equity in Eligibility for Cancer Screening

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  • 1International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
JAMA Oncol. Published online November 7, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.4598

To the Editor Aldrich et al1 reported that according to the current US lung cancer screening criteria set forth by the US Preventive Services Task Force, a lower proportion of current and former smokers who will be diagnosed with lung cancer may be classified as eligible for screening among African American individuals (32%) than white individuals (56%). This report is important in highlighting the issue of equity in how cancer screening is offered across racial and ethnic groups, and also prompts the question of how to define equity in the specific context of screening eligibility.

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