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New Lung Cancer Scan Recommendations

Posted by John Kuhnlein | May 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

Doctors have made great progress in treating many forms of cancer.  Diagnoses that were once death sentences can now be manageable illnesses. The key, as always, is early detection. Lung cancer, however, remains stubbornly difficult to treat. More Americans die of lung cancer than any other form of the disease. For

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this reason, people with a history of smoking should get an annual CT scan of their lungs to look for early signs of trouble.

Should You Get Scanned?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has published new recommendations about who should get annual CT scans.  The new guidelines say CT Scans are indicated for those persons who are:

*    Between ages 50 and 80

*    Have smoked at least one pack of cigarettes per day for at least 20 years

*    Still smoke or have quit smoking within the past 15 years

The previous recommendations were for people over 55 who had smoked for at least 30 years.

Dramatically Lower Risk

The good news is that these CT scans could lower the risk of dying from lung cancer by up to 25%. The bad news is all too familiar: lack of health insurance to pay for these CT scans.  The Affordable Care Act mandates that insurers pay for these screenings, without a copay.  But, this does not help those without health insurance or those on certain Medicaid plans. 

Not Without Risks Of Its Own

There is also the risk of false-positives, in which a benign lung nodule appears to be something worse. This can lead to cascading medical care, sometimes with

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disastrous results. Repeating the CT scans could also lead to cancer since the scans use radiation. But, doctors consider this risk to be trivial in comparison to the damage done to the lungs by smoking.

Talk To Your Doctor

If you are or have been a smoker, talk to your doctor about getting an annual CT scan of your lungs.  We lost 135,000 of our fellow citizens to lung cancer last year. That's way too many and anything that reduces that number is well worth doing. 

If you find yourself unable to work due to lung cancer, or any other condition, let me know. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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