In November Medicare published its intention to cover the cost of annual lung cancer screening for people with a history of heavy smoking.
Widespread screening is expected to save tens of thousands of lives each year.
William Burfeind, MD, chief of thoracic surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, recently shared with the Times News about the decision and why heavy smokers should be screened.
Burfeind is also a clinical associate professor of surgery at Temple University.
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