Lung Cancer Screening Now Covered by Medicare

Dr. Sharon Orrange
Dr. Orrange is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Geriatric, Hospitalist and General Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
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In the United States, lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that 28% of all deaths from cancer in the U.S. are from lung cancer. The average 5-year lung cancer survival is among the poorest of all cancers (17%) because sadly the majority of patients are diagnosed with advanced disease.

Well, can I be screened for lung cancer? Yes, and as of this month Medicare coverage will be provided for screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT). This is the first time that Medicare has covered lung cancer screening. Finally, there is an opportunity to reduce deaths from lung cancer in a high-risk group of current and former smokers.

Who should be screened for lung cancer?

You should be screened if:

How do we screen for lung cancer?

What are the downsides of LDCT for screening?

If you’ve had an LDCT for screening, let us know how it went.

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