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Screening for Lung Cancer Might Benefit Those at Highest Risk
Date:5/21/2012

or screening to be done in centers which can provide low-dose CT screening and a comprehensive multi-specialty environment, so that finding of suspect nodules can be followed up with appropriate [care] rather than undue risk."

Robert Smith, director of cancer screening at the American Cancer Society, said, "These recommendations are consistent" with screening guidelines from similar medical groups.

However, he believes these guidelines will be refined over the years as new data become available.

"The question remains, who else might you endorse lung cancer screening for," Smith said. "Suppose someone had a 35 pack/year history and they were 35 years old, or what if they were 45 years old and had started smoking at the age of 12."

There may be other levels of risk where screening might be beneficial, Smith said: "We will probably learn a lot from trials that are currently under way."

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For more on lung cancer, visit the American Lung Association.

SOURCES: Peter Bach, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City; Norman Edelman, M.D.,chief medical officer, American Lung Association; Robert Smith, Ph.D., director, cancer screening, American Cancer Society; May 20, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association, online


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