February is honored as National Cancer Prevention Month, a period focused on understanding the best methods to prevent cancer, such as adopting a healthy lifestyle and considering cancer screenings.
In recent years, lung CT scans have continued to gain support as one of the key approaches to early detection for those at high risk for developing lung cancer. Modern Healthcare covered the increase in lung screening programs across the country and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services coverage proposal in its latest issue:
“Green’s experience reinforces the medical community’s growing belief that annual CT screens of current or former smokers at high risk for lung cancer will save lives through early detection. The CMS has proposed covering screening for millions of eligible Medicare beneficiaries.”
While the need for annual CT screenings varies for each patient, it’s important to know your options if you are at high risk for lung cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screenings for long-term smokers between the ages of 55 and 79. Each screening program may have different requirements, so take time to research candidacy needs before determining if a program is right for you.
Illinois CyberKnife treats lung tumors with an advanced procedure called stereotactic body radiation therapy. During treatment, precisely focused beams of radiation are delivered to the tumor from a variety of angles without incisions or sedation. For more information on screenings or treatment, contact our center at 847-723-0100 or read more in our lung cancer blog series.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.