Lung Cancer Detection
When people experience lung cancer symptoms, they often mistake them for other issues, such as an infection or complications from long-term smoking. Unfortunately, when symptoms like this are present, the disease is already at an advanced stage.
Tests for other medical conditions can often find lung cancers. For example, testing for heart disease, pneumonia or other lung conditions can detect tumors in the lungs. With proper treatment, people who find their cancer early in this manner can often recover.
Dr. Adel Massoud, family medicine physician at St. Joseph Health Primary Care South College Station, says, “The best way for someone at risk to detect lung cancer before it reaches an advanced stage is with a low-dose CT scan.” The American Cancer Society recommends screenings for people who are 55 to 74 years old, have a 30 pack-year smoking history, and who are still smoking or have stopped smoking within the past 15 years.
If you may be at risk of developing lung cancer, talk to one of the experts at St. Joseph Health. Early detection could save your life. Our lung cancer screenings provide the opportunity to find cancers when they are more treatable. As the leading provider of cancer care in the Brazos Valley, our lung cancer services combine cutting-edge technology with compassionate care.
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