Primary lung cancer is a type of cancer, usually in the form of a mass, that begins in the lungs. As the cancer cells grow, they interfere with the function of the lungs eventually impeding normal breathing and the oxygenation of the blood. Lung cancer can also be a secondary cancer, which means that the cancer from another part of the body has traveled to the lungs, also known as metastatic lung cancer.
Recently, guidelines for screening have been modified to allow an annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for people who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. High risk patients include individuals aged 55 to 74 who have smoked for 30 years or more, who continue to smoke or who have quit in the past 15 years.
The goal of lung cancer screening is to use LDCT scans to help identify lung masses or anomalies early, and offer treatment when the disease is potentially curable. Lung Health Services is a strong advocate for high risk patients receiving annual lung cancer screenings so that we can cure lung cancer together!
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