Skip to comments.Lung cancer scans urged for some smokers, not all (qualify)
Posted on 12/31/2013 8:21:53 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
WASHINGTON -- Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation's top cancer killer, government advisers said Monday even as they stressed that the tests aren't for everyone.
The long-anticipated decision by the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says these CT scans of the lungs should be offered only to people at especially high risk: those who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or an equivalent amount, such as two packs a day for 15 years and who are between the ages of 55 and 80.
That's roughly 10 million people, but not all of them qualify for screening,...
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It seems to me that there is an ever increasing number of reports about this medical screening and that medical screening that isn't as important or necessary as it was before.
Must be the Obama"care" factor!
Is this like registering guns? Is the real purpose to register smokers to deny them medical care in the future or increase their rates?
Need lung cancer screening? Let’s just have a look at that ol’ voting record to see if you ‘qualify’...
Good question. Now that we have Big Gummint calling the shots, I don’t trust them. When it was Big Insurance, we had a contract I knew would have to be honored, but Big Gummint can abrogate any agreement, Obastard says so. A lot of FReepers agree.
I’ve noticed that too. “Mammograms/ not as important as once thought.” “Colonoscopies - can be replaced with previous test/ not as important as once thought.” “Life - no need to hold on; terminate at (relatives’) will.” Sounds like Talking Points to me.
The purpose is obscure, it could be this, that or the other thing.
Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive
The obama regime cannot be untangled it must be destroyed, time is running out, perhaps it already has.
Cin, I had everything tightened up over the last 24 months. Mammogram, colon screen, 2 joint replacements, countless blood work. Lost weight, down to the “deemed appropriate” BMI. I’m good to go. God help the rest of us!
Just as the Federal Government distorted the home mortgage market; eventually causing a price bubble and then collapse; now they are going to distort the healthcare market. Tests will be permitted/mandated/allowed not based on the patient, but based on political pull of whatever companies properly line the pockets of the “right” politicians.
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Yes indeed if any family members have had polyps or colon cancer get your colonoscopy in your 30s. Don’t wait until your 40s like I did. Thank God the Army started doing yearly mandatory physical exams a few years back. They did stool card tests and found blood. The colonoscopy revealed a cancerous mass and a few weeks later had the surgery to remove a portion of my colon. Pathology report revealed stage 3A colon cancer. Which means it penetrated quite a few layers of lymph nodes. Did the chemo for six months and a clean bill since.
Moral of the story is if you have a family history of colon cancer or colon polyps get checked out early don’t wait until you are 40.
I will also note what you said. The colonoscopy was easy. The give you phentenol and you won’t remember anything. The hardest part for some is the bowl prep.