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Old 05-07-2001, 11:09 AM   #1
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Post Lung CT Scan

Three weeks ago I received a large post card from the Marilyn & James Simons Early Lung Program suggesting that I take a low-doage lung CT Scan (a doctors prescription was not necessary). I went, paid $250, took the 10 minute test and it was negative. I plan to go every year. According to the hospital this Scan can detect very early cancer which gives you 70%+ chances for a cure versus 13% when it's detected using conventional x-rays. I tried to take this test two years ago but the time there were only 2 of these machines in all NYC. A former co-worker (smoker) went for x-rays every 18 months. Her most recent x-ray showed a Mass and she is 3B (inoperable). It would seem that conventional x-rays are not the answer for early detection. It should be noted that the $250 is not reimbursed by Insurnce but who cares. While there, I took the same test for cardiac screening ($250) and I discovered that I had above adverage deposits in my artery. Since I'm now aware of the problem, I immediately went on a very low fat diet, exercise more and have increased my intake of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants plus taking several herbs. I guess preventive medicine is the really remedy for good health. Now if only I could give up cigarettes (but I'm now down to less than a pack a day and hope to quit soon). Good Health to Everyone

 
Old 05-07-2001, 04:23 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info and good luck giving up smoking!!! God Bless.

 
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Old 06-01-2001, 01:43 AM   #3
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Michael,
I read your post and good for you!!! I think that is wonderful that your are working to prevent cancer for yourself. Is the scan you are talking about called a PET scan? I agree, I would pay out of my pocket it would make any difference for me. I tell my sister, family and friends to go to the doctors office and if they would give them the tests they want, just pay for them themselves. It is definately worth it!! I know that the lousy insurance companies really should be covering everything, but until then, why compromise your health?
I have met alot of people with lung cancer on the internet and so many of them have lost family members already to lung cancer and I just dont understand why they didnt try preventing from getting it themselves like you are Michael. Anyways, since I have been diagnosed I have done a lot of research and have been encouraging my family to do exactly what you are doing. Good luck on quitting smoking, and thumbs up for taking contol of your health.
Michele

 
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