Available Scanning May Lower Fatal Lung Cancer Rates

The government has started recommending lung cancer screenings for older adults between the ages of 55-70 who have smoked at least a pack of cigarettes daily for 30 years or more, as well as smokers who have smoked two packs a day for 15 years. The ultimate plan is to eliminate death in severe smokers by offering annual scans. If the plan goes into effect as expected, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force would help pave the way for more insurers to cover needed procedures such as CT scans. Dr. Michael LeFevre, a family physician at the University of Missouri said, “the evidence shows we can prevent a substantial number of lung cancer deaths by screening.” More here

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