Lung Cancer Screening Important For Smoker, But Not All

There are more death rates caused by lung cancer than breast, colon, and prostate cancer combined. Patients with lung cancer often undergo screenings and surgical treatments, such as robotic surgery. However, problems often occur because patients are unaware of the potential risks caused by robotic surgery.

Lung cancer is considered to be the number cause for cancer death around the world and there are only certain current or former heavy smokers who are suitable to undergo lung cancer screening to cut the risk of death. CT scans must only be offered to those with high risk who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or an equivalent amount, such as two packs a day for 15 years — and who are between the ages of 55 and 80.

Although the number of people who smoke cigarettes reached to 10 million, only a small number of them are qualified for screening. Screening may be unsuitable even for high risk patients who are not able to bear cancer treatments or if they kicked the habit more than 15 years ago. Lung cancer is believed to claim the lives of 160,000 American people each year. Smoking is the biggest risk factor, and the more and longer people smoke, the higher their risk. The detection of lung cancer is usually too late to start treatment but there is not effective way to diagnose early stage lung cancer until now.

CT scans pose some risk from radiation exposure. A low dose of spiral CT and mammogram have the same amount of exposure. However, the CT scans may detect something that appears to be abnormal but turns out not to be cancer. These findings must be followed up with more CT scans and sometimes with a lung biopsy or chest surgery, which can pose additional risks and a lot of worry. It is estimated that lung cancer will claim the lives of over 160,000 people in the United States this year alone.

References:

foxnews.com/health/2013/12/31/lung-cancer-scans-urged-for-some-smokers-not-all/

abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/lung-cancer-scans-urged-smokers-21373946

cumc.columbia.edu/pulmonary/clinical-centers/lung-cancer-screening-program

 

nationallungcancerpartnership.org/lung-cancer-info/lung-cancer-facts/screening-faqs

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