Should we screen for lung cancer in Australia?

Paul L R Mitchell and Thomas John
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.11144
Published online: 4 November 2013

To the Editor: The United States National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated a 20% reduction in lung cancer deaths among smokers screened with three low-radiation-dose computed tomography scans at yearly intervals. Hew and colleagues recently outlined the challenges in implementing such a screening program in Australia.1 However, the potential for saving lives is enormous.

  • Paul L R Mitchell2
  • Thomas John3

  • 1 Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 North-Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service, Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Melbourne, VIC.


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