On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued their final decision requiring Medicare to cover low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screenings for at-risk beneficiaries meeting certain criteria. The Prevent Cancer Foundation applauds this decision, which will allow health care professionals to detect lung cancer earlier and save lives.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 10, 2014
Prevention Measures for Lung Cancer Take Center Stage
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Supports Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening
(Alexandria, VA) Medicare recipients received welcome news today. After months of lobbying from cancer patient and advocacy organizations, including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a draft decision requiring coverage of low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening for at-risk beneficiaries. Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn Aldigé states that “CT lung scans are proven, effective screening measures that save lives. We have long advocated for these services to be available to individuals at high risk for lung cancer and we are pleased to see that CMS has made this decision.”
Last April, the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) stated that they would not recommend payment for CT lung scans. Many in the cancer community fiercely advocated against such a position. Medicare coverage for CT lung scans is critical because lung cancer continues to be the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women, killing approximately 160,000 Americans each year. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) estimates that a minimum of 20,000 lives can be saved each year through these screenings. Yet, with a price tag of $300 to $400, such life saving services would have simply been out of reach for many older Americans.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation is grateful that CMS determined that “the evidence is sufficient to add a lung cancer screening counseling and shared decision making visit, and for appropriate beneficiaries, screening for lung cancer with low dose computed tomography (LDCT), once per year, as an additional preventive service benefit under the Medicare program only if all of the following criteria are met…” The full criteria and decision can be reviewed on the CMS website.
This decision follows a similar recommendation from the USPSTF in December 2013 for CT lung cancer screening for current and former heavy smokers between the ages of 55 and 80.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation joined the Lung Cancer Alliance, the American College of Radiology, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, along with nearly 100 other partners in submitting recommendations to CMS that are aligned with the draft decision.
About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
Founded in 1985, Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach programs across the country.
For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.
The latest guidelines on prostate cancer screening from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) indicate that doctors should not recommend routine Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests for men of any age. To address questions that men may have about what to do, the Prevent Cancer Foundation encourages men to talk with their doctors about the risks and benefits of prostate cancer testing. Shared decision-making between men and their doctors is the best way to resolve this important health issue.
Researchers are working to improve testing to detect prostate cancer and testing to determine whether prostate cancer is likely to lead to death from the disease. There is no question that in some cases early detection of prostate cancer followed by prompt treatment saves lives. It is also clear that some men are treated for cancers that will never cause them harm, and they must live with possible side effects and complications of treatment. Currently available tests are useful but are not 100 percent accurate. It’s complicated.
To learn more about prostate cancer screening and to help you decide whether to get screened for prostate cancer, the Prevent Cancer Foundation continues to support these recommendations for the early detection of prostate cancer and recommends the American Cancer Society (ACS) Testing for Prostate Cancer guide that can be viewed or downloaded here.
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March 1, 2012
(Alexandria, Va.)–In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is launching the second annual Screening Saves Lives Challenge on March 1. The Challenge is a national competition for organizations to submit their best colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and awareness initiatives for their communities. The theme of this year’s Challenge is families.
Projects may range from public awareness and education to screening and patient navigation with a focus on families. The first prize winner will receive a $5,000 grant and a site visit from the Prevent Cancer Super Colon™, a 20-foot interactive educational exhibit, to enhance local CRC awareness efforts.
“Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed in the United States and one of the most preventable,” says Erica Childs Warner, Director of Community Outreach. “The Prevent Cancer Foundation realizes the importance of screening and awareness programs on the local level and uses the National Challenge as a way to champion grass-roots community projects.”
Community members are encouraged to support local CRC projects through online voting beginning April 12. The projects that receive the most votes will move on in the competition to be judged by a selection committee and the final winner will be announced on May 14.
The Screening Saves Lives website is the home base for the competition and contains community discussion boards, learning tools and sharing opportunities that will raise awareness and promote an open dialogue about CRC. To learn more, visit www.screeningsaves.org or call Sarah Abou at (703) 837-3682.
Since 2000, March has been National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (NCRCAM). The Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud of its work each year during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and its history of raising awareness, increasing screening rates and promoting healthy living to ultimately reducing the death toll from this very preventable cancer.
About The Prevent Cancer Foundation:
Founded in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is one of the nation’s leading health organizations that has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. The Foundation seeks to Stop Cancer Before It Starts! Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide.
For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.