Is screening for lung cancer valuable?

Lung cancer statistics
  • 213,000 new cases/year
  • 160,000 deaths/year
  • More deaths than breast, prostate, colon, ovarian cancer combined
  • $9.6 billion/year for treatment

How bad is diagnosis of lung cancer (5 year survival)?

  • Lung: 15%
  • Prostate: 98%
  • Colon: 62%
  • Breast: 87%

It is now known that low-dose CT scan of the chest can reduce deaths from lung cancer by as much as 20% 



Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Imaging
Professor Clinical Radiology

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