At American Diagnostics Medical, we put our primary focus on the early detection of lung cancer to provide our patients with the best care in the industry. Early diagnosis is crucial, as life expectancy and quality of life increase substantially when lung cancer is diagnosed and treated immediately following its onset.
Early detection allows for more treatment options, much less invasive surgery, a higher survival rate and a longer life. Thanks to our ultra-low dose radiation, getting screened for lung cancer and other pulmonary and cardiovascular illnesses is safer than ever.
The five-year survival rates for non-small cell lung cancer, the most common type of lung cancer (85 percent of all cases), can be found in the chart below.
In 2006, the New England Journal of Medicine released a randomized 13-year study on lung cancer screening. The study found that CT screening for lung cancer detects early-stage cancer in 85 percent of patients and can then result in a 10-year survival rate of 88 percent.
Of the 31,567 patients screened for lung cancer from 1993-2005, 484 subjects were diagnosed with stage I lung cancer. Out of these 484 subjects, 302 underwent surgery to remove abnormalities within the first month following diagnosis, which resulted in a 92 percent survival rate. The eight subjects who failed to receive treatment died within the five years following their diagnosis.
Over half of those who are diagnosed with lung cancer die within one year of diagnosis. One of the main reasons for this statistic is that people simply are not screened for lung cancer as often as they should be. Late detection severely limits treatment options, as it may be too late to remove tumors due to the fact that they are no longer localized and have spread throughout the body.
If coordinated care and early intervention is applied to those cancers detected early, the survival rate can surpass 90 percent. You may feel just as well as you always have, but lung cancer is a slippery slope and you need to be monitored as you get older. This is even more critical among high-risk patients.