Fighting Common Lung Disorders with Preventative Screening

Preventative screening is used in all aspects of the medical profession to prevent growth of disorders, to assess diseases and try to stop them.  One of the more common areas where screening is used is in lung health.  According to the American Lung Association, an estimated 160,340 Americans were expected to die from lung cancer in 2012, which accounts for around 20% of all cancer deaths.

Smoking is a leading cause of chronic respiratory diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  These diseases are major conditions of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  COPD, and also lung cancer, could become uncommon in future generations if smoking rates were reduced, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms of lung disorders include, but are not limited to, worsening cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, and back pain, among others.  The symptoms are not very specific, and can often be attributed to other ailments.  This, therefore, makes screening all too important.

Early detection for these diseases is crucial to any patient’s health.  With any disease, the earlier it is detected, the earlier it can be fought.  With lung disorders, it is highly beneficial for patients who have a history of smoking or chronic lung issues to get regularly tested.

Depending on the stage of lung disease, mainly cancer, doctors have the option of going through with treatments such as radiation, surgery, chemotherapy, and medications.  The earlier the stage, the more options the doctor has to treat the condition effectively.

While the reduction of smoking rates is the best solution for lung diseases, early screening is the best way to catch the diseases early, and to reduce the chances of fatality.  A widely accepted screening tool for early detection for lung cancer has not been available until recently.  A newly accepted method of screening for lung cancer is an annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT).

In August of 2011, the results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) found that screening with low-dose spiral computed tomography scans compared to chest X-ray reduced lung cancer deaths among older heavy smokers by 20%, according to the American Lung Association.

The study also found that there are also risks to screening for lung cancer, but suggests that those who fit certain criteria, based on medical history, should get tested.  While it may argued both ways whether the costs outweigh the benefits or not, the point here is that preventative screening may help find diseases early.  The earlier they are found, the easier they are to treat.

Looking for a Low Dose CT Lung Screening in Louisiana for under $100? Give us a call at 504-883-8111 between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday, to complete our screening questionnaire. Qualified candidates may be scheduled for their LDCT lung screening following the survey.