The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will cover lung cancer screenings from now onwards. This announcement has excited many patients, and even the health experts, considering lung cancer as one of the most common cancers and causes of deaths across the United States. Smokers, the elderly, and others need not to pay for such screening from their own money every year as Medicare will handle the issue immediately.
Dr. Patrick Conway, the center’s chief medical officer said the lung screening coverage would be a preventive benefit for many people. Lung cancer and smoking have intrinsic link, and that people should avoid secondhand smoke and quit smoking to reduce the risk of lung cancer, although this condition could also be acquired from ‘radon’, a natural gas that comes from dirt and rocks. Thus, experts highly recommend people to have their buildings and houses checked for radon too.