Lung Cancer Screening

November 8, 2010 by Michael McCurdy
Filed under: Health 

Michael J. McCurdy, Founder/Publisher

The Big News this week: Lung Cancer Screening

In what is a watershed moment in the effort to save lives from the nation’s number one cancer killer, groundbreaking news from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) this week confirms what many in the public health community have long held out hope for – that low dose lung cancer screening will revolutionize the battle to detect tobacco-related lung cancers early enough to save countless lives.

What is screening?

Screening is looking for cancer before a person has any symptoms. This can help find cancer at an early stage. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat. By the time symptoms appear, cancer may have begun to spread.

Scientists are trying to better understand which people are more likely to get certain types of cancer. They also study the things we do and the things around us to see if they cause cancer. This information helps doctors recommend who should be screened for cancer, which screening tests shoud be used, and how often the tests should be done.

It is important to remember that your doctor does not necessarily think you have cancer if he or she suggests a screening test. Screening tests are given when you have no cancer symptoms.

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