November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Early Detection and Treatment Saves Lives
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Smokers are at high risk of contracting lung cancer or other lung diseases. If you or someone you love smoke, or if you are frequently exposed to second hand smoke, talk with your doctor about the steps you should take to improve your health. Imaging tests may play an important role in detecting lung disease at an early stage, when it is more treatable.
Lung Cancer Risk Factors
Those who smoke or who have been exposed to second hand smoke or environmental hazards such as asbestos, radon or air pollution are at a higher risk for getting lung cancer. According to the American Lung Association, quitting smoking is the single most important step you can take to reduce your risk.
Lung Cancer Symptoms
Lung cancer may not exhibit any symptoms until it has progressed beyond its earliest stages. If you have any of the following symptoms, see your doctor immediately. Earlier diagnosis increases the likelihood that treatment will be effective. The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
- A persistent or worsening cough
- Chest pain that may get worse when breathing deeply or coughing
- Losing weight and/or appetite
- Coughing up blood
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling weak or tired
- Frequent lung infections
Diagnosing Lung Cancer Using Imaging Tests
A number of imaging tests are used to help detect lung cancer and determine the effectiveness of treatments. To detect lung cancer, your doctor may first order a chest X-ray or CT scan to identify masses that may be cancerous. CT scans provide more precise information than a chest X-ray, including the location, size and shape of any tumors. CT and other tests may determine if the cancer has spread beyond the lungs and help determine if treatment has been effective or if the cancer is recurring. If you are at risk of lung cancer, or if you exhibit any symptoms that may indicate lung cancer, talk with your doctor.
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