In 2018, there were approximately 234,030 new cases of lung cancer and about 154,050 deaths. Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of death for both men and women and the United States.
The good news is early detection, by low-dose CT screening, can decrease lung cancer mortality by 14 to 20 percent among high-risk populations, according to the American Lung Association.
And it’s not just one lung scan, but regular screening over the years to ensure you can receive prompt treatment if cancer ever develops.
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Here are some other benefits of routine lung scans.
Benefit #1: Early detection increases chances of survival.
Statistics on survival rates for a certain type and stage of cancer are most often described as 5-year survival rates, but many people will live much longer than the five years.
Time is key for increasing the chance of survival. Lung cancer is assessed in four stages. In the earliest stage, the cancerous tumor is 3 cm across or smaller. The cancer hasn’t yet reached the membranes surrounding the lungs leaving the bronchial unaffected, and it hasn’t yet spread to other organs or lymph nodes.
The other classifications for early-stage lung cancer are T1A (2 cm or less across) or T1B ( it is larger than 2 cm but smaller than 3 cm).
The second stage has several different classifications also. IIA is when the tumor is larger than 5 cm but less than 7 cm wide and has not spread to nearby lymph nodes, or if the tumor is 5 cm wide and has spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Stage III lung cancer has different subcategories, which is determined by whether or not it has spread to the lymph nodes. In each category, the cancer hasn’t spread to distant organs.
Stage IV is the most advanced form of the disease. It has metastasized beyond the lungs into other areas of the body. Forty percent of all patients with lung cancer are diagnosed in Stage IV when the survival rate is less than ten percent.
Here are the 5-year survival rates for different stages of lung cancer according to the American Cancer Society.
- IA1 NSCLC - 92%
- IA2 NSCLC - 83%
- IA3 NSCLC - 77%
- IB NSCLC - 68%
- IIA - 60%
- IIB - 53%
- IIIA NSCLC - 36%
- IIIB - 26%
- IIIC - 13%
- IVA NSCLC -10%
- IVB - 1%
The point is, it’s better to know sooner rather than later when it comes to lung cancer.
Benefit #2: You give yourself and your family peace-of-mind.
If you have a high risk of developing lung cancer, a scan can give you peace-of-mind to receive a clean bill of health. More importantly, it can give your loved ones the gift of knowing that you’re still healthy.
Obviously, smoking is a big risk factor, but nearly 20% of people who die in the United States every year from lung cancer never consumed tobacco in any form.
Other risk factors could be second-hand smoke, exposure to radon, exposure to asbestos, inhaled chemicals, diesel exhaust, air pollution and family history of lung cancer.
Benefit #3: Discover other health issues.
A lung scan is certainly important for discovering any signs of cancer, but it can also uncover other health issues you might need to address with your doctor.
It’s possible to see signs of chronic lung disease, such as emphysema or COPD. Other issues discovered could be blood clots, also known as a pulmonary embolism.
Many lung diseases are not immediately life-threatening, but when you know what could be causing symptoms like shortness of breath, your physician can offer solutions to help you feel better and live better.
A low dose CT scan at Advanced Body Scan of Tulsa is an excellent means of early detection of lung cancer, emphysema, aneurysm of the aorta and other lung ailments. CT screening for lung cancer in a recent study increased the long-term survival rate to 82 percent. This is remarkable as the survival rate is usually less than 15 percent, when diagnosed by chest X-rays alone.
When your diagnosed with lung cancer it feels terribly overwhelming. If you or a loved one has lung cancer, our guide will walk you through what it means and what’s next.
If it’s time for you to schedule your lung scan, call us today at 918-879-6161.