There are a variety of lung cancer causes and risk factors. Some risk factors can be controlled, for instance, by quitting smoking. And other factors can't be controlled, such as your family history. What is important is that you see your doctor on a regular basis and get early screenings, especially if you have risk factors for lung cancer or show symptoms.
Risk factors that may cause you to have an increased risk of developing lung cancer include:
Up to one-fourth of all people with lung cancer may have no symptoms when the cancer is diagnosed. These cancers usually are identified incidentally when a chest X-ray is performed for another reason. The majority of people, however, do develop symptoms. These symptoms can include:
In many cases, these symptoms are not due to cancer but are the result of other health problems can cause some of these symptoms. Anyone with such symptoms should see a doctor to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. The survival rate from lung cancer is better the earlier it is caught.
Low-dose CT lung screening
Riverside offers low-dose CT lung screenings for patients who may have a higher risk of developing lung cancer. These screenings may help physicians spot lung cancer sooner, when it is more treatable.
A 2011 National Lung Screening Study found that high-risk individuals who have this type of screening had a 20% reduction in lung cancer mortality compared to those who were screened with a standard chest X-ray.
It is important for smokers to be screened every year, just like having a mammogram if you are a woman or a prostate exam if you are a man. Because this is considered a preventative screening, most insurances, including Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances, pay for the screening. Talk to your doctor to see if you qualify to become part of the Low Dose Lung Screening Program.
Who should have the low-dose CT lung screening?
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