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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Last Day to Voice Your Support for Lung Cancer Screening

Today is the last day to voice your support for lung cancer screening by submitting your comment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer have been demonstrated to save lives by detecting lung cancer at earlier, curable stages.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that high-risk asymptomatic adults aged 55 to 80 years should undergo low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer. Though the USPSTF recommends screening, Medicare (and private insurers who often follow Medicare's lead) does not pay for such screening.  

Lung Cancer is the number 1 cancer killer in America accounting for more cancer deaths than breast, prostate and cervical cancers combined.  It is second only to heart disease as the cause of death for any reason.

SUBMIT your comment to Medicare today (deadline March 12, 2014). You must first click the policy link, CMS PHI Posting Policy, then it will allow you to post your comments.

By Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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