A recent study shows screening tests for the cancer can yeild false positives.
A recent study shows that false positives are often seen in screening tests for lung cancer. As reported by Reuters, the U.S. government study suggests that imaging tests to screen for lung cancer often show questionable growths that turn out to not be the disease, which is purportedly a major downside for attempts at early detection.
Dr. Jennifer M. Croswell, the lead researcher on the study, is quoted by Reuters as stating of the implications for the findings, that they add “pieces to the puzzle” in terms of estimating one’s likelihood of seeing false positives in their results with repeat testing. Croswell is further quoted as stating of research on the use of CT scans, “The most important thing right now is to try to figure out if this lowers death rates.”
More information about the study may be available in Monday’s publciation of the Annals of Internal Medicine.