Did you know that lung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women?

The American Cancer Society estimates that in the United States in 2014 there will be:

  • 224,210 new cases of lung cancer (116,000 men and 108,210 women)
  • 159,260 deaths from lung cancer

For seniors in particular, the largest demographic that faces lung cancer diagnosis, screenings for lung cancer offer the greatest opportunity for early detection and treatment, which in turn increases the possibility of survival. An interesting article from NBC News published yesterday discusses a proposal by Medicare to pay for this life-saving testing as a means for prevention similar to colonoscopies and mammograms.

“Experts project that the screening test, which costs $250-$300, may prevent as many as 20 percent of future deaths from lung cancer, making it akin to mammograms and colonoscopies in terms of saving lives.”

Check out the entire article from NBC News here.

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