Thomas L. Petty, MD
To the Editor: The excellent review on screening for lung cancer (1) in a recent issue recommends against the use of serial chest roentgenograms or sputum cytology for the early detection of lung cancer. This advice is based upon a thorough review of screening studies, both in this country and in Europe.
It might still be wise to pursue early detection in populations with higher risks than those related to smoking and age alone. Good evidence now indicates that there is a common familial component linking lung cancer and obstructive pulmonary disease (2, 3). Recent studies show that a lung
Petty TL. Screening for Lung Cancer. Ann Intern Med. ;111:620–621. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-111-7-620_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1989;111(7):620-621.
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