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Why Some Doctors Are Hesitant To Screen Smokers For Lung Cancer
National Public Radio

In February, Medicare announced that it would pay for an annual lung cancer screening test for certain long-term smokers. Medicare recipients between the ages of 55 and 77 who have smoked the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years are now eligible for the annual test, known as a spiral CT scan.

Medicare’s decision was partly a response to a 2011 study showing that screenings with the technique could reduce lung cancer deaths by 20 percent.

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