Study Confirms Chest X-Rays Ineffective for Detecting Lung Cancer (Scientific American)


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In its coverage of the story, Scientific American pulls from a commentary written by Professor Harold Sox and published alongside the study.

“The ... result provides convincing evidence that lung cancer screening with chest radiography is not effective,” Sox says. “The study is important for putting this question to rest.”

Sox is a professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and associate director of faculty at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

Read the full story, published by Scientific American on 10/26/11.

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