Lung Cancer: CTScreening only for heavy smokers

On April 23, 2012, the American Lung Association published a booklet titled “Providing Guidance for Lung Cancer Screening:The American Lung Association Interim Report”. The guidance was based on the review of  various studies including the results from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), a randomized clinical trial that screened at-risk smokers with either low dose CT or standard chest x-ray.The National Cancer Institute had released the results of the trial on August 2011.

This report provides a comprehensive review of the available evidence on both the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening, as well as highlights areas where more research is needed.

I wrote an article based on the report. It was published in The Hindu on April 26, 2012.

You can access the article at:


About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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