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Is Lung Cancer Treatable if Detected Early?

Lung cancer leads in all cancer deaths across the world. The reason it is deadly is that the disease is often diagnosed late after it has spread beyond the lungs. Recent studies have shown that CT scans can help identify the disease early in high-risk patients. Early diagnosis and treatment can save many lives.

The signs and symptoms for lung cancer include persistent coughs, shortness of breath, chest pain, coughing up blood, and wheezing.

Non-small cell lung cancer is the most common among all lung cancers. It grows from the lung cells and controls the normal functioning of the lung. When the tumors grow and divide, they spread to the brain and bones.

Both women and men are at risk for lung disease. Smoking is the primary risk factor for lung cancer. Only a small percentage of lung cancer patients are non-smokers. Other causal factors include exposure to asbestos and radon gas and family history of the disease.

Screening is the best way to prevent lung cancer. A study found that low-dose CT scans can improve the odds for patients. The scans are safe and recommended for people aged 50 and above with a 30 pack a year smoking history. Regular CT scans can help in early detection and allow the patient to undergo minimal surgery.

Catching lung cancer early will make it possible for cure by surgical removal. A small surgery known as video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) can be performed. The surgeon will take out a lobe section of the lung through three little incisions in the chest. The procedure is safe and will preserve most of the healthy lung. Larger tumors can be treated by surgically removing the whole lung.

Lung cancer screening is the only way to find the disease early and cure it. You should, therefore, talk to your doctor to find the best screening method for you.

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