Ethical implications of changing the eligibility criteria for the proposed National Lung Cancer Screening Program

Jonathon B Ryan
Med J Aust 2023; 219 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.52040
Published online: 21 August 2023

To the Editor: The incidence of lung cancer and the five‐year survival of patients diagnosed with lung cancer reflect the social gradient within the Australian society. Most notably, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are twice as likely to develop lung cancer and half as likely to survive lung cancer.1 Reducing inequity in lung cancer outcomes was a key objective of Cancer Australia when it proposed a National Lung Cancer Screening Program (NLCSP) in 2020, following an enquiry that consulted both medical experts and the broader community.1

  • Prince of Wales Hospital and Community Health Services, Sydney, NSW


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