Lung cancer screenings key for early detection

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Individuals between 50 and 80 years old who have smoked in the last 15 years and have a 30-pack year history may be eligible for lung cancer screenings.

Medicare is covering the full cost of the screening test for those that qualify and meet certain criteria.

You can speak with your primary care provider to determine if you are a candidate for the screening and give you a referral.

Through a low dose CT scan which uses less radiation than an average scan, results could be populated in as quickly as 24 hours.

“This is something that is recommended yearly until you are past the age of 80 or it has been longer than 15 years since you have smoked,” said Susie Doedyns, nurse practitioner. “A lot of patients think that if I have a onetime CT I don't have to have a follow–up CT in one year and that is incorrect.”

One of the down sides to this process is that often time’s results may indicate a false positive.

Things like lung nodules may cause the need for a second CT scan.

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