This November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month at Park Avenue Radiologists

POSTED ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011 AT 4:08 PM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a national campaign dedicated to increasing support and attention to lung cancer. All across America, Lung Cancer Awareness Month promotes rallies, fund-raising events, and media coverage designed to raise money for lung cancer research and increase awareness about lung cancer prevention and early detection. Park Avenue Radiologists is committed to joining in the fight against lung cancer by offering computed tomography (CT scans) and standard chest x-rays, which can be used to detect lung cancer.

Lung cancer is generally divided into two different categories: non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung cancer, which grows and spreads slowly, is the most common type of the disease and accounts for nearly 85% of all lung cancer cases.  Small cell lung cancer accounts for approximately 20% of all lung cancer cases. With this type of lung cancer, the cancer cells are small in size but reproduce very rapidly, forming large tumors. Because small cell lung cancer grows so quickly, it often spreads to other parts of the body, frequently the lymph nodes.

Symptoms of lung cancer can vary by type, location, and size of the tumor. It is not uncommon for a person to exhibit no symptoms until the disease has reached advanced stages. When lung cancer is accompanied by symptoms, they can include coughing, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest, shoulder, back or upper arm pain, coughing up blood, frequent pneumonia and/or bronchitis, decreased appetite, weight loss, hoarseness, facial swelling, and pleural effusion. Sometimes, symptoms occur when the cancer metastasizes to other parts of the body. These symptoms vary depending on where in the body the cancer has spread. 

As with any cancer, the best prognosis for lung cancer depends on early detection and diagnosis. Even when no symptoms are present, lung cancer screenings can help your doctors detect lung cancer. When lung cancer is detected in its early stages, patients have more treatment options that include less invasive surgeries and a higher success rate.

This November, talk to your referring physician about the risk factors for lung cancer, then schedule your lung cancer screening at Park Avenue Radiologists.

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