November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month
If lung cancer is found at an earlier stage when it is small and before it has spread, people have a better chance of living longer. However, lung cancer can be harder to detect at an early stage because it may not be accompanied by common symptoms such as coughing, trouble breathing, and wheezing. If you are experiencing symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor immediately.
Some lung cancers are found early as a result of tests for other medical conditions. For example, lung cancer may be diagnosed following a test for heart disease, pneumonia, or other lung conditions.
Screening is the use of tests or examinations to find a disease in people who don’t have symptoms. At the moment, screening for lung cancer only applies to those with a smoking history.
Are you eligible for lung cancer screening?
To learn more about the importance of screening and early detection, visit LCAM.org.