GPs key to successful lung cancer screening, says RACGP

The college is cautiously backing proposals for a targeted screening program if it’s embedded in primary care

GPs should be central to the nuts and bolts of a proposed national screening program for people at high risk of lung cancer, including identifying and referring eligible patients, the RACGP says.

Previously, the college had raised concerns about identification of candidates for low-dose CT screening and the potential risks of overdiagnosis but was now "cautiously supportive" of the proposed program. 

A proposal by the federal Department of Health and Cancer Australia two years ago — which was now being

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