Your Health: Screening for Lung Cancer


Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and the vast majority of lung cancers are associated with smoking. Two years ago, a federal task force recommended that heavy smokers over the age of 55 with a long history of smoking receive annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (CT). The procedure is now covered by Medicare and many private insurance companies.

Dr. Galen Ohnmacht, chair of thoracic surgery at the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center, discusses who would should be screened and how effective this technology is in detecting lung cancer at an early stage.

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