Lung cancer is among the toughest cancers to diagnose early because of its non-specific symptoms and a widely accepted screening process has not been adopted yet. While the method to diagnose each individual is a different process, here are some things to consider when learning more about lung cancer detection.
- Symptoms include wheezing, new and persistent coughing, and difficulty swallowing. When experiencing any of these symptoms, patients should visit their doctor immediately.
- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recently recommended that long-time smokers from 55 to 74 should undergo annual lung cancer screenings for early detection of cancer.
- Early lung cancer detection can be more possible when patients and their family members are proactive and aware of risks and signs. Doctors have determined that passive smoking or secondhand smoking can put people at a higher risk for a lung cancer diagnosis and has other damaging health effects, especially for children.
As the most common cancer diagnosis worldwide, lung cancer can be prevented by reducing risks and being proactive when symptoms occur.
This is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your health care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.