MSAC baulks at lung cancer screening bid

It wants Cancer Australia to do its number-crunching again

A proposed population screening program for people at high risk of lung cancer may not be sufficiently targeted to provide value for money, according to government advisers.

The Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) has deferred a recommendation to the Federal Government on whether to fund the program.

Under the plan put forward by Cancer Australia, non-Indigenous patients aged 55-74 and Indigenous people aged 50-75 would be referred for two-yearly low-dose CT screening based on a GP’s assessment of