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Lung Screenings up in Smoke

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Most people who should be getting annual lung cancer screenings, specifically current and former smokers, aren't, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials recommend annual screenings for current smokers or those who quit in the past 15 years and who have a history of smoking at least 30 packs of cigarettes a year.

However, new data on screening, collected in 10 states in 2017, shows that only 12% of adults met the recommended frequency.

Body of Knowledge

Our ability to see objects in the distance varies considerably. For example, the average person can see campers at the bottom of the Grand Canyon one mile down, an unobstructed city building 50 miles away on a clear day and, conditions permitting, reflected light from Saturn, 746 million miles away.

Get Me That, Stat!

Noncommunicable diseases, such as most cancers and heart diseases, diabetes, osteoarthritis and Alzheimer's disease, are not transmissible directly from one person to another. They are not selective. They affect men and women in all countries and all socioeconomic classes, albeit with regional variations.

 

They also weigh heavily upon the global economy. It's estimated that between 2010 and 2030, the total global burden of NCDs will reach $47 trillion. That's more than half of the current combined gross domestic product of the world.

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20: Percentage of U.S. children living in rural areas who are more likely to be diagnosed with developmental disabilities and less likely to get treatment.

17: Percentage of children in urban areas likely to be diagnosed with a developmental disability, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder.

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