I read this article on my flight back to Tampa this afternoon in U.S. Today. I don’t have a link for you, since I was actually reading the paper when I saw this–how out of date/out of touch is that!
Anyway, I wanted to share this as soon as we landed. Seems using CT scans to pre-screen smokers and former smokers in an attempt to prevent lung cancer is “about as effective as mammograms (are in preventing breast cancer), according to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Bruce Johnson.
Since there were nearly 160,000 American deaths from lung cancer last year, comprehensive screening could save thousands of lives. Unfortunately, “neither Medicare nor private insurance companies pay for lung cancer screenings with CT scans” according to the article, written by Liz Szabo.
The eight year study was a large one–53,000 people between the ages of 55 and 74 were involved.
The sudy was financed by the NationalCancer Institute for a cost of $250 million.
Nothing was mentioned about the risks of yearly screenings, except to note they increase the risk of new, radiation-related cancers.
All in all, good news–especially for ex-smokers who are trying to improve their survival chances.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat