November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
While the American Cancer Society does not recommend screening for persons of average risk of lung cancer, it does recommend screening for those who are at high risk of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking.
Lung cancer screening consists of a low-dose CT scan of the chest, and it is covered by Medicare and most health plans if you are at high risk.
How is risk determined?
Take the quick quiz at SavedByTheScan.org. If you are at risk for lung cancer, talk to your doctor or a health care provider about starting an annual screening.
As stated on the American Cancer Society website:Did you know? Screening for lung cancer is recommended and covered by Medicare and most healthcare plans for those at high risk.— Lubin & Meyer PC (@LubinandMeyer) November 8, 2017
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“Medicare covers lung cancer screening with a low dose CT scan once per year if you have Medicare, are 55-77 years old, have a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack years*, and you either continue to smoke or you have quit smoking within the last 15 years. You must get a written order from your doctor or other health care provider. Coverage also includes a visit with your doctor (or other health provider) for counseling and shared decision-making on the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening. The scan can only be done at imaging centers that meet certain criteria."According to the American Lung Association, it is estimated that less the 5% of Americans at high risk have been screened.
Learn more facts about lung cancer in the video below:
For more information, go to: American Lung Association website at lung.org and the American Cancer Society website at cancer.org.
Questions about your lung cancer diagnosis?
If you have questions about your medical care or screening related to lung cancer symptoms and diagnosis, please feel free to contact our medical malpractice attorneys licensed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
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