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Screening for Bronchogenic Carcinoma

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; San Antonio, Texas

Ann Intern Med. 1985;102(6):851-852. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-102-6-851
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Early detection of bronchogenic carcinoma is important in the care of patients over the age of 45 years who smoke more than one half package of cigarettes per day (1-3). Morbidity and mortality resulting from the failure to diagnose and treat this disease effectively are a major problem. Bronchogenic carcinoma was estimated (4) to have occurred in 139 000 Americans in 1984; 85 000 men and 36 000 women died of the disease. These deaths accounted for 35% of all cancer deaths among men and 18% of those among women.

Five-year survival after surgical therapy for bronchogenic carcinoma is known


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