Screening For Lung Cancer

What Procedures Are Used to Screen for Lung Cancer?

1. Chest Radiograph (X ray)
2. Sputum cytomorphologic Examination (Cytology)

However, these procedures typically lack sufficient accuracy to be used in routine screening of Asymptomatic Persons and are therefore rarely practiced unless an individual is showing signs of Lung Cancer.

Should I Be Screened for Lung Cancer?

 Physicians do not typically recommend routine screening for Lung Cancer, but choose to rather counsel their patients against the use of tobacco.
Keep in mind, however, that in order to make an informed decision about personal choices that may impact health, well-being and quality of life, be sure to talk with your health professional about the benefits, risks and costs of all Diagnostic and Treatment Options prior to making your decision.

Incidence of Lung Cancer

 Cancer of the lung, is the leading cause of death from cancer, in both men and women. In the U.S., Lung Cancer has one of the poorest prognoses of all cancers, with a 5-year survival rate of less than 13%.

Risk Factors:

Important risk factors for Lung Cancer, include tobacco use and certain environmental carcinogen exposures.
Tobacco is associated with 87% of all cases of cancer of the
Lung, Trachea,  and Bronchus.

For more detailed information about Lung Cancer Screening Procedures, and information on the increased incidence of survival due to screening, READ :
General Information on Lung Cancer Screening, provided by the National Institute of Health on the World Wide Web.

Source: The National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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