In the Chattanooga area, the number one cause of cancer death is lung cancer. Despite the improvement in therapies and effectiveness of drugs in the last 40 years, the lung cancer five-year survival rate hasn't changed. When lung cancer is detected at a very early stage, it may be more likely to be cured. When it's advanced, the outcome changes drastically.
Lung cancer symptoms do not usually occur until the cancer is advanced, and may include persistent cough, sputum streaked with blood, chest pain, voice change, worsening shortness of breath, and recurrent pneumonia or bronchitis. A low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening can identify signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people. Those who are highest risk for lung cancer and are ideal candidates for screening include:
Low-dose CT lung cancer scan has shown to improve survival by 20 percent according to The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Insurance may cover CT lung cancer screenings. Call (423) 495-LUNG (5864) for more information.