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Medicare panel recommends against payment for CT lung screening tests

Posted by Rebecca Evans on May 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

Advocacy - The Prevent Cancer Foundation was discouraged to learn that a nine-member Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) determined at the end of April that they could not justify having the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pay for annual low dose computed tomography (LDCT) scans to detect early lung cancer in former and current heavy smokers. Spiral CT scans detect lung cancer in its early stages and are expected to drop lung cancer mortality rates by 20 percent after the USPSTF recommendations are finalized. CMS will make a final coverage decision in November and will take this recommendation into account. In December 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended annual screening for lung cancer with CT scans in adults ages 55 to 80 who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problems that substantially limit life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery. This decision carried with it a “B” recommendation which is important, because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that all ...

In honor of National Women’s Health Week

Posted by Rebecca Evans, Communications and Policy Coordinator on May 11th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Prevention - Today marks two occasions: Mother’s Day and the beginning of National Women’s Health Week, a week devoted to educating women about how to live longer and healthier lives. One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The three most common cancers among women - breast, lung and colorectal - will take the lives of over 136,370 women in this year alone. Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week by talking about ...

5 of the healthiest cheeses

Posted by Monique Smaby, Program & Communications Coordinator, Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program on May 9th, 2014 | No Comments »
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Healthy Eating - You don’t normally see cheese on healthy food lists, but it’s part of pretty much everyone’s diet. No matter how healthy I eat, there is always room for a little cheese. This month, I did some research on the healthiest types of cheese that you can enjoy at breakfast, lunch and dinner. In general, choose cheeses that are low in sodium and fat - soft cheeses tend to have higher amounts of both. Here are 5 cheeses ...

Senate Special Committee on Aging holds “Fight against Cancer” hearing

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Advocacy - On Wednesday, May 7, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on Capitol Hill to address “The Fight Against Cancer: Challenges, Progress and Promise.” Chairman Bill Nelson (D-Fla) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-Maine) spoke eloquently and passionately about their desire to secure funding for cancer research to support advances in prevention, detection and treatment. Senator Nelson said that although tremendous progress has been made, we are facing a formidable opponent. Additional members of ...