Cancer is understandably frightening, as the tenacious disease affects millions of people worldwide and is one of the leading causes of death. Lung cancer is particularly concerning as it affects the organs we use to breathe and can cause complications that make it difficult to breathe comfortably, severely reducing a patient’s quality of life.
The key to fighting lung cancer is detecting it early with a cancer screening. Catching cancer in the early stages of its formation is vital to effectively fight, cure and survive the disease.
Who Should be Screened?
Screenings are designed to identify lung nodules, which are tiny spots in the lungs, usually measuring no larger than three centimeters in diameter, which may be cancerous.1 Most are generally benign and are typically caused by infection or scar tissue, however, there is potential for some of them to be cancerous.
Lung cancer screenings are generally recommended for people between the ages of 50 – 80. Lung cancer screenings are highly recommended for people who have a smoking history of about 30 years or more (an average of about a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.2 Even if you have quit smoking within the last 15 years, experts advise that you still get a screening.
If you currently experience a combination of the following symptoms and are part of the aforementioned groups above, it’s highly recommended you receive a screening immediately:
- Coughing (including coughing up blood)
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
These symptoms could be caused by an array of potential issues, however they can be signs of lung cancer and warrant a screening.
Lung cancer screenings aren’t always accurate, as some cancerous nodules or abnormalities can escape detection, but studies have shown that screenings play a large role in detecting cancer and curing patients with an added benefit of detecting other potential diseases.
Get a Lung Cancer Screening at Fulton County Medical Center
If you fit the above demographic criteria or are experiencing symptoms, contact Fulton County Medical Center today to schedule a screening. Our team of skilled specialists, including thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, primary care physicians, interventional radiologists and a nurse practitioner, provide rapid evaluations and referrals for treatment.
- Thoroughly examines each nodule, both healthy and abnormal
- Creates a comprehensive plan of care using advanced technology
- Closes the time gap between detection and treatment
Detecting lung cancer is all about timing. Contact us today to schedule a screening so you can breathe a sigh of relief.