Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lung cancer screening: what cost, what value?

The discussion noted that radiologists using more advanced CT equipment than was available for the study could lead to an even larger reduction in lung cancer deaths.

At the same time, the potential for many more false positive results could rise.

Therein lies the conundrum. If this turns out to be mainly an issue of money however, there already exists plenty of potential funding via tobacco taxes (and de facto MSA taxes) that could pay for this (as well as for more research on cancer and a safer cigarette) instead of golf carts for politicians and entitlement packages for everyone else except for the smokers that pay for them.

Tobacco Reporter Magazine - News

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