Cancer screenings are medical tests that are performed when a person has no symptoms. There presently are no effective screening tests to find lung cancer early. X-rays and/or laboratory analysis of the cells in phlegm and fiber optic screening are limited in detecting lung cancer before it spreads. CT scans and blood tests can detect lung cancer earlier, but their ability to improve long-term survival has not been proven.
Reducing Your Risk
You can take action to reduce your risk of developing lung cancer. suggests:
• eliminating tobacco use
• using protective equipment when exposed to dangerous substances and pollutants
• avoiding secondhand smoke
Take time to discuss your own risks with your health care provider who can best advise you on the screening exams an risk reduction strategies that are right for you.
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