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Screening, though flawed, a useful tool in fighting lung cancer
San Francisco Chronicle

As I review a lung scan that shows a lung nodule, I think about the anxiety and fear that my patient is experiencing while waiting for my diagnosis. I schedule him for a biopsy, and within 24 hours I call to tell him:

“Mr. Smith, I am so very sorry. The biopsy confirms our suspicion that you have lung cancer. Unfortunately, the cancer is too advanced for us to cure.”

Lung cancer is the No.1 cause of cancer-related death in the United States.