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Medicare panel recommends against payment for CT lung screening tests

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffler, Director of Policy and Advocacy on May 12th, 2014 | No Comments »

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 ...

2013 GLCC lung cancer survey gauges symptom awareness, smoking prevalence

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 21st, 2013 | 2 Comments »
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According to a recent survey investigating awareness of lung cancer symptoms and smoking prevalence, over 70% of surveyed Americans could name symptoms of lung cancer, the leading cancer killer in the U.S. for both men and women. The survey also found that overall, 18% of people were current smokers while 56% had never smoked regularly. Among the other notable findings were that American women are more likely to say that they have never smoked than ...

USPSTF issues draft recommendations for CT lung cancer screening

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 6th, 2013 | No Comments »
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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 ...

Study shows that teen cigarette use drops to lowest point recorded

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 5th, 2013 | No Comments »
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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 ...