Cancer Australia explains why it wants a national lung cancer screening program

It comes just five years after the agency said it was not cost-effective

The justifications for screening programs are always vexed – a complicated mix of calculations weighing harms of overdiagnosis against the benefits of early detection and then placing a dollar value on the result.

Cancer Australia CEO Professor Dorothy Keefe
Cancer Australia CEO Professor Dorothy Keefe.

Cancer Australia is formally advising the Federal Government to create a national lung cancer