Can Lung Cancer be Clinically Insignificant? The Case for "Overdiagnosis" and "Overtreatment" of Lung Cancer

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For all too many people with lung cancer or caring for someone with it, the concept that lung cancer may not be threatening may seem sacrilegious.  It is, after all, by far the leading cause of cancer deaths in the US in both men and women, far ahead of both breast cancer and prostate cancer in its fatality rate, though breast cancers and prostate cancers are more commonly diagnosed in women and men respectively.  Yes, lung cancer is far more deadly than those two cancers, but both breast and prostate cancer are diagnosed in tens of thousands of people who aren't truly threatened by it.

Growing Endorsement of Chest CT Screening for Lung Cancer: Why Aren't We Doing It?

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I just did a brief video for Swedish Medical Center on the issue of low dose CT screening for lung cancer, which has been proven to improve survival.  Though Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, just wrote a book about the risk of over-diagnosis of cancer, the ACS has just officially endorsed lung cancer screening, recognizing its value.

The only problem is that it really isn't being done. I discuss a bit on the resistance to screening here:

Dr. Weiss's "Highlights in Lung Cancer, 2011": CT Screening & Optimal Management of Elderly Patients with Advanced NSCLC

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This is the third and final part of Dr. Weiss's presentation on "Highlights in Lung Cancer, 2011".  After focusing on developments in relatively narrow subpopulations with distinct molecular markers in the first two parts of his webinar, Dr.