Although 60% of lung cancer scans in a JAMA Internal Medicine study returned a positive result, only 1.5% of the patients actually had cancer. That’s leading experts to questions the benefits of lung cancer screening, reports Medscape.
“The findings of the VHA study and my own experience in reviewing the data indicates that LCS [lung cancer screening] is not the slam dunk we were told it would be,” Dr Redberg said in an interview. “It is quite clear from this study that a substantial proportion of patients are harmed and many do not get the benefits,” she added. “Indeed, we are learning more and more that early detection is not always better and that we detect things we do not need to worry about,” Dr Redberg pointed out.
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