Category Archives: Screening

Colon Cancer Hotspots: More Similar to Romania and Russia than to Rest of the U.S.

The large drop in colorectal cancer death rates in the United States is one of the real success stories in cancer. But while the risk of death from colorectal cancer is at a historical low for most Americans, progress has lagged among residents … Continue reading

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The Fault In Our Stars: When Celebrity Health Advice Conflicts With Science

Dr. Len’s Cancer Blog is experiencing technical difficulties, so we’re posting his entry from earlier this week here. Dealing with a diagnosis of cancer remains a very scary, emotionally charged experience. That experience is not helped by the addition of conflicting … Continue reading

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Medicare to Cover Lung Cancer Screening

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday finalized a preliminary ruling made in November on the use of CT scans to screen smokers for lung cancer. The plan looks almost identical to the one proposed, with one important … Continue reading

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Cancer and Bad Luck: We Asked the Source, and Guess What?

Headlines over the past week or so have reported that two in three cancers are due to “bad luck,” attributing that statement to an impressive piece of work from a collaboration between former ACS Research Professor and Medal of Honor … Continue reading

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Medicare Proposes Covering CT Screening for Lung Cancer

Medicare has released its proposed decision on lung cancer screening using low dose computed tomography (LDCT), saying the evidence is sufficient to add a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision making visit, and for appropriate beneficiaries, using the technology to … Continue reading

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Expert Panel Backs Lung Cancer Screening Using CT Scans

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of non-Federal experts that conducts scientific evidence reviews of preventive health care services for the U.S. government,  is posting its draft recommendations for lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The … Continue reading

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“I used to believe a mammogram saved my life.”

“I used to believe a mammogram saved my life.” So begins a remarkable article in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine (“Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer“), which asks provocative questions about the battle against breast cancer, questioning awareness efforts and … Continue reading

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