Full Coverage and Reimbursement for CT Screening Next Priority
WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, in what has been the
culmination of more than two decades of research and advocacy, the United States
Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its final recommendation
approving CT screening for those at high risk for lung cancer. The
recommendation sets the stage for both public and private insurance coverage and
is expected to bring about a dramatic increase in lung cancer survival.
The USPSTF recommends screening for current and former smokers age 55 to 80 with
a smoking history the equivalent of smoking a pack a day for 30 years. The
recommendation for screening includes those who have quit within the past 15
"Today the tide has turned in our battle against lung cancer," said Laurie
Fenton Ambrose, president and CEO of Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), a national
organization long recognized for its efforts to bring the benefit of responsible
screening to those at risk.
"We can and will save tens of thousands of lives. We can and will continue to
ensure adherence to the proven best practices to guide the screening, diagnosis
and treatment of lung cancer. We can and will use this to accelerate research
into all aspects of lung cancer," she said.
In February 2012, Lung Cancer Alliance developed and released its National
Framework for Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening and Continuum of Care and
there are now more than 140 screening centers across the country following its
guidelines and best practices.
Fenton Ambrose also noted that this recommendation puts lung cancer on par with
breast, colon and cervical cancers whose survival has increased due to
responsible delivery of and access to screening.
Lung Cancer Alliance will continue informing the public about this benefit and
working to ensure coverage and reimbursement decisions move swiftly and
equitably so that all of those at risk for lung cancer benefit from this
About Lung Cancer Alliance
Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) is committed to saving lives and accelerating
research by empowering people living with or at risk for lung cancer. LCA
provides live, professional support, referral and information services to
patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national
awareness campaigns including the award winning No One Deserves to Die Campaign
attacking the stigma of the disease and the Moments Campaign spreading the word
about risk and screening; and advocates for multiple millions in public health
dollars for lung cancer research. For more information please visit
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading killer in the United States; taking more lives than
breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers combined. Each year, an estimated
160,000 lives are lost to lung cancer. Only 15 percent of people diagnosed with
lung cancer will survive it. This is primarily because today the vast majority
of lung cancers are diagnosed at a late stage.
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SOURCE Lung Cancer Alliance