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USPSTF issues draft recommendations for CT lung cancer screening

Posted by Jake Mayes on August 6th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Early Detection - The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued draft recommendations for annual low-dose CT lung cancer screening for adults ages 55 to 79 who have quit smoking in the last 15 years or who have a 30 pack-year history of smoking. The draft recommendations received a grade B. There will be a public comment period before the final recommendation is issued. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires insurers to cover screening tests graded a B or above. This is potentially a big moment in the fight against cancer. CT scans cost as much as $400 paid out of pocket, a financial burden that deters many people from seeking the procedure. CT scans detect cancer in its early stages and their approval by the USPSTF is expected to drop lung cancer mortality rates by 20%. Read the full MedPage Today article.  

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U.S. lifespan is rising but so are chronic illnesses

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 5th, 2013 | No Comments »
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Wellness - The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published “The State of U.S. Health, 1990-2010” on July 10. In it, JAMA disclosed that while the life expectancy of Americans has increased, so has the occurrence of chronic illnesses caused by obesity, alcohol abuse, physical inactivity and smoking. More people are running, biking, and getting exercise in different ways; but this achievement is offset by the fact that so many more Americans are lacking any sort ...

Study shows that teen cigarette use drops to lowest point recorded

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No Smoking - A newly released report shows that cigarette smoking has dropped to its lowest point ever among eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors. Only 5% of high school sophomores had claimed to smoke in the last 30 days, compared to 18% when the survey was conducted in the 1990s. U.S. children are also exposed to less second-hand smoke, according to the survey. These decreases are attributed to tobacco prevention programs, tobacco taxes and laws restricting ...

Doctors and patients not communicating about PSA test

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Early Detection - According to two studies and a survey, doctors and patients are not participating in a process called shared decision-making regarding the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test. Shared decision-making is the process by which doctors and patients have a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of the PSA test and the patient shares his concerns and health issues. The doctor then reviews the options with the patient and together they would decide on personalized options regarding prostate ...