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The Importance of Lung Cancer Screenings

Posted by Ethanngo1636781 on 11 Jun, 2017

In 2016, the American Lung Association reported that over 200,000 Americans were diagnosed with lung cancer and an estimated 158,000 will die from the disease annually. Lung cancer kills more Americans than any other type of cancer, but with early detection survival rates can be increased for those diagnosed with the disease.

 

If you are over the age of 55 and have been a regular smoker for over 30 years, you are at high risk for lung cancer and should speak with your doctor about being screened for the disease. Even if you have quit smoking within the last 15 years, if you smoked regularly for over 30 years, you should be screened.

 

Lung cancer screenings used to be done using a variety of methods, including testing mucus and chest X-rays. However, now a low-dose CT scan is credited as the most effective method of lung cancer screening. A low-dose CT scan is a type of X-ray, but it takes much more detailed pictures of your chest than a traditional X-ray does. It's non-invasive, and only requires that you lie still while the pictures are taken.

 

According to the ALA, roughly 13,000 lives could be saved if only half of the people who are considered to be at high risk for lung cancer were screened. That's 13,000 wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, and grandparents whose lives could be saved by simply lying still on a table while a low-dose CT scan is performed. Early detection is especially important for finding the disease while it is still contained within the lungs. At that point, 55 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive for five years. Conversely, if lung cancer is not detected until the disease has spread to other organs, the five-year survival rate is a mere 4 percent.

In 2016, the American Lung Association reported that over 200,000 Americans were diagnosed with lung cancer and an estimated 158,000 will die from the disease annually. Lung cancer kills more Americans than any other type of cancer, but with early detection survival rates can be increased for those diagnosed with the disease.

 

If you are over the age of 55 and have been a regular smoker for over 30 years, you are at high risk for lung cancer and should speak with your doctor about being screened for the disease. Even if you have quit smoking within the last 15 years, if you smoked regularly for over 30 years, you should be screened.

 

Lung cancer screenings used to be done using a variety of methods, including testing mucus and chest X-rays. However, now a low-dose CT scan is credited as the most effective method of lung cancer screening. A low-dose CT scan is a type of X-ray, but it takes much more detailed pictures of your chest than a traditional X-ray does. It's non-invasive, and only requires that you lie still while the pictures are taken.

 

According to the ALA, roughly 13,000 lives could be saved if only half of the people who are considered to be at high risk for lung cancer were screened. That's 13,000 wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, and grandparents whose lives could be saved by simply lying still on a table while a low-dose CT scan is performed. Early detection is especially important for finding the disease while it is still contained within the lungs. At that point, 55 percent of people diagnosed with lung cancer will survive for five years. Conversely, if lung cancer is not detected until the disease has spread to other organs, the five-year survival rate is a mere 4 percent.

 

If you suspect you may have lung cancer, Urgent Clinics Medical Care can sceen you for lung cancer.  Visit any of our convenient locations in the Houston Metropolitan area including Pearland, Champions, The Woodlands and 3 locations in League City: Creekside, Marina Bay and Tuscan Lakes. No appointment is necessary and our experienced healthcare providers can administer professional medical services with very little wait time.

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