Lung Screenings Aren’t for Asymptomatic Patients

Primary care physicians are ordering many unwarranted lung cancer screenings, U.S. News & World Report LP reports.

The conclusions are based on the results of a questionnaire completed by nearly 1,000 internists and general practitioners, the majority of whom recommended lung screenings for asymptomatic patients. Experts currently do not recommend lung cancer screening for patients who do not show signs of disease, even if a patient has a history of heavy smoking. Unnecessary screenings not only add to health care costs, but may harm patients through false positives.

The full study can be found in the March/April issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

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