Medicare & Medicaid Services will cover Lung Cancer Screenings for smokers

Medicare & Medicaid Services will cover Lung Cancer Screenings for smokers

As per the US officials, Medicare will be covering lung cancer screening and the recent Medicare announcement has thrilled nearly everyone together with experts.

According to Lung Cancer Alliance president and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose, screening coverage will be helpful in saving seniors each year from the nation's main cancer killer. Screening programs will also help lesser smoking rates and the process could help better understand the addiction in addition to lung cancer in those who have never smoked, Ambrose added.

According to the announcement made by the US health officials, Medicare will now be covering the yearly lung cancer screening of seniors who are at high-risk for the disease. Lung cancer is one of the major causes of death in the nation and this announcement could prove to be beneficial in saving many lives.

But health care providers say that the costly computed tomography scans (CT-scan) are mostly used for detecting cancer at an early stage and it would not be helpful for many in this case. However, many people in addition to Medicare strongly supported the decision, focusing on many benefits of this new policy.

According to Dr. Patrick Conway, chief MO at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which made the announcement, "This is the first time that Medicare has covered lung cancer screening. This is an important new Medicare preventive benefit since lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States".

Medicare will cover a low-dose CT-scan each year for people between the age 55 and 77 years having a smoking history. The policy is helpful for present smokers, those who quit smoking at least 15 years ago and those who had smoked at least a pack of cigarettes for 30 years.

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