What test is used to detect lung cancer?
The only recommended screening test for lung cancer is low-dose computed tomography (also called a low-dose CT scan, or LDCT). During an LDCT scan, you lie on a table and an X-ray machine uses a low dose (amount) of radiation to make detailed images of your lungs.
What can be mistaken for lung cancer?
Lung cancer symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed as gastric reflux disease, COPD or asthma.
Is lung cancer hard to detect?
Lung cancer is inherently more difficult to diagnose because you can neither see nor feel your lungs, so the main way it is diagnosed is when it causes symptoms such as a cough or pain. Unfortunately, symptoms usually only occur when the cancer has become too advanced to cure.
Can you have lung cancer for years and not know it?
Early lung cancer does not alert obvious physical changes. Moreover, patients can live with lung cancer for many years before they show any signs or symptoms. For example, it takes around eight years for a type of lung cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma to reach a size of 30 mm when it is most commonly diagnosed.
How can I check myself for lung cancer?
The fact is, there are no simple ways to detect lung cancer on your own. Going through tests and physical examinations during a visit to the doctor is the only way to truly diagnose lung cancer.
Is Stage 1 lung cancer curable?
With early intervention, stage I lung cancer can be highly curable. Usually, your doctor will want to remove the cancer with surgery. You also may need chemo or radiation therapy if traces of cancer remain or are likely to stay. Radiation therapy is an option if you can’t have or don’t want surgery.
What was your first lung cancer symptom?
The most common symptoms of lung cancer are: A cough that does not go away or gets worse. Coughing up blood or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm) Chest pain that is often worse with deep breathing, coughing, or laughing.
How long can lung cancer go undetected?
Scientists have discovered that lung cancers can lie dormant for over 20 years before suddenly turning into an aggressive form of the disease.