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Proposed screening guidelines could prevent lung cancer deaths, doctors say
Proposed screening guidelines could prevent lung cancer deaths, doctors say

An influential U.S. health care panel's recommendation for lung cancer screening of high-risk patients could fortify Baltimore-area hospitals' efforts to prevent deaths from the disease, which kills more each year than the next four deadliest cancers combined. Patients ages 55-80 who are or have been heavy smokers will likely be able to get insurance coverage for preventive CT scans examining their lungs for abnormalities. Some patients have been paying up to $300 out-of-pocket for the procedures, and several local hospitals have invested in performing them more frequently as research indicated a possible benefit. The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, the same body that...

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