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5 Lung Cancer Myths

To continue raising awareness this Cancer Prevention Month, we wanted to share some common myths about lung cancer and lung cancer screening.

Lung Cancer in Non Smokers

Rarely do healthy, nonsmokers think they can even get lung cancer, but unfortunately it is more common than you may think. Every year, it is estimated that as much as 20% of lung cancer diagnoses are seen in patients that have never smoked.

Myth vs. Fact: Cigarettes

Everyone has heard a friend say, “I only smoke when I go out, it’s not like that little bit will hurt me” or “It hasn’t killed me yet, so why stop now.” Unfortunately, myths about smoking spread like a disease, filling people with false and misguided information. Fortunately, groups like the American Cancer Society and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) work to dispel these rumors in the hopes of a cancer free future.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know, lung cancer takes more lives than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined? Often labeled as the smoker’s disease, you may be surprised to know that 80 percent of new lung cancer cases are former and never smokers. Due to lung cancer’s stigma, many mistakenly assume that the only people at risk are those who smoke - which may in part be the reason only 17 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed early, when the disease is most curable. As November brings Lung Cancer Awareness into focus, we want to help increase awareness of this disease and provide some risk factors you should know:

Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer CT Screening

As of February 5th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final national coverage determination granting certain Medicare beneficiaries coverage for lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans.