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Lung Cancer Alliance Stands Behind CT Screening for Lung Cancer
Date:9/12/2007

acic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at NYU School of Medicine, LCA Board member and chair of LCA's Medical and Scientific Advisory Board said: "These guidelines simply dismiss the mounting evidence which continues to mature from the largest international, protocol-driven screening effort (I-ELCAP) showing that CT screening in a high risk population has the potential to reverse the current 15% five year survival rate."

"Despite these guidelines, individuals at high risk for lung cancer should make it a personal choice after conferring with their doctors as to whether they want to participate in ongoing protocol-driven programs for the early detection of lung cancer using whatever means is being studied," he said.

"The fact is that hundreds of thousands of Americans have already discussed lung cancer screening options with their physicians. Many of those individuals have exercised their choice and consumed their personal resources in an informed decision to undergo spiral CT evaluation for the presence of an early lung cancer," Fenton-Ambrose noted.

"Recommending against CT screening for lung cancer, as ACCP does, is an extreme position that is out of step with current realities," she said.

"As an advocacy foundation committed to the well being of the many individuals at high risk for this lethal disease, we are committed to the aggressive expansion of effective tobacco control as well as for urgent development of responsible measures to advance early lung cancer detection measures. We are eager to work with all professional societies to advance this dialogue in a true evidence-based way to address the unremitting lethality of lung cancer," she said.

Lung Cancer Alliance (http://www.LungCancerAlliance.org) is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to patient support and advocacy for people living with, or at risk for, lung cancer. As the number one
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