The Federal Government declared that Medicare will also offer screening of lung cancer annually for senior Americans. The authority will merely provide the service to the older Americans with a smoking medical background.
This annual screen will cover almost 4 million Americans who are at the risk of lung cancer. The screening will include CT scans for the people between the age group of 55-74.
Moreover, the term “smoking history” in this statement signifies people who smoked 30 pack-years. The authority will find out the number of packs smoked per day through Pack years’ formula.
The new declaration will also force private insurers to include lung cancer screening in this policy.
The last year’s recommendation of U.S Preventive Service Task Force compels the authorities to take the action. The U.S Preventive Service Task Force is a separate board of specialists which gives health suggestions to the federal government.
The recent statement of federal government would be finalized in the month of February of 2015. Currently, the officials want the public to make a comment on this particular matter. The government has given the time period of 30 days for this purpose. People who are not satisfied with this decision can easily voice it on the Federal Government Health Forum.
Every year around 160,000 people die due to this deadly disease. The numbers of lung cancer deaths are relatively higher as compared to the death proportion of other cancer such as breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. The late diagnose of the disease is the chief reason behind most of the deaths of lung cancer.