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Heavy smokers may benefit from lung cancer screening

HOUSTON (March09, 2014)

The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital helps individuals who are at high risk for lung cancer receive a diagnosis and treatment plan at an early stage when the disease is more treatable and curable.

 “After two decades of research and advocacy, the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued its final recommendation approving screening for those at risk for lung cancer,” said Dr. John Rea, a cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon at Memorial Hermann Southwest. “This recommendation sets the stage for both public and private insurance coverage of lung cancer screening and is expected to save tens of thousands of lives.”

 

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