Lung Cancer Risk
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 180,000 people in the United States die each year from lung cancer – making lung cancer the leading cause of cancer-related deaths. More people die of lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
Risk factors for lung cancer include:
- Smoking or second-hand smoke
- Family history
- Exposure to carcinogens such as Radon or Asbestos
Benefits of an EBT Lung Scan
Chest x-rays are often used to detect lung cancer. However, tumors may not be seen on a chest x-ray if they are too small or are hidden by bone.
The EBT scan gives a much more detailed image to help determine if the tumor has spread to lymph nodes surrounding the lungs.
Detecting lung cancer early dramatically increases the survival rate in patients.