Lung cancer is a devastating condition to suffer. There are as many as 200,000 new cases of lung cancer to be diagnosed in 2015 and as almost 160,000 people will die from lung cancer related complications. This translates to about 1 in 13 men and 1 in 16 women will be likely to develop lung cancer. You can see that lung cancer statistics in the United States are alarming which is why Louisiana doctors are committed to finding innovative ways and techniques to both detect and treat lung cancer.
As a patient, the symptoms of lung and or bronchi cancer can be difficult to see at first. Symptoms of lung cancer could be can be innocuous things like a cough that won’t seem to go away, chest pain with deep breathing or coughing, shortness of breath, feeling tired and weak or hoarseness in the voice. As you can see from this symptom list, these symptoms could be a bad chest cold. That is why lung cancer diagnoses are made when the cancer has become serious or terminal because people are not trained to recognize the signs.
Like most cancers, there can be one reason or several reasons why someone develops cancer. Dangerous lifestyle habits like cigarette or tobacco smoking is one of the most common causes of lung cancer. The Center for Disease Control has named smoking as “the number one risk factor for lung cancer” linking the habit to over 90% of lung cancer diagnoses. Even if you are not a smoker, working or living around secondhand smoke can lead to lung cancer. Cigarette smoke is loaded with carcinogens and other toxic chemicals like tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide that can develop into lung cancer without ever even smoking a cigarette. Other risk factors for lung cancer include radon exposure, a naturally occurring gas that can be trapped in homes and buildings, that rises from the ground. Surprisingly, radon exposure can account for about 20,000 cases of lung cancer. You can have your home or office tested for radon levels and the EPA has a set of guidelines for lowering the radon levels in your dwelling. Other risk factors for lung cancer include family history or genetic issues as well as exposure to toxic substances like asbestos and chromium.
Louisiana is one state in particular that has a high instance of lung cancer. 68 per 100,000 residents have lung cancer and 50 per 100,000 die every year from the condition in Louisiana alone. With statistics like this, it is lucky that lung cancer detection in Louisiana has been made easier and more advanced with the help of local facilities like Doctors Imaging in Metairie. Out of the entire state, there are only 5 medical imaging centers that have received the accreditation of the American College of Radiology’s certificate of being an approved lung cancer screening facility.
Because of the prevalence of lung cancer in Louisiana, detection facilities have to be held to a higher standard. Accreditation from the American College of Radiology comes from outstanding factors like equipment used, experience of physicians and technicians as well as the education of patients concerning their conditions and imaging procedures. Doctors Imaging is the only facility in the greater New Orleans area to receive the accreditation and is proud to be a trusted place for lung cancer detection in Louisiana.
If you think that you may have lung cancer or would like to set up an appointment to discuss preventative measures, please contact Doctors Imaging in Metairie at 504-833-8111 Monday through Friday from 8AM to 6 PM. If you are not within the New Orleans area, you can view a list of ACR accredited lung cancer screening facilities in Louisiana to find a location that is closer to you.