Lung cancer is a cancer that originates in the tissues of the lungs or the cells lining the airways. Normal lung cells are thought to become abnormal because of a series of mutations, and proceed to divide out of control and metastasize if the abnormality is not addressed.
At American Diagnostics Medical, our multi-slice CT scan and software allows doctors to view enhanced images of your lungs and make an accurate, timely diagnosis.
Below is a comparison of two CT scan results. The lungs on the right are healthy, while the lungs on the left have developed metastatic lung cancer as well as moderately severe emphysema. These images take a matter of minutes to produce and are carefully reviewed by our doctors following the conclusion of your CT scan.
Basic Lung Cancer Facts:
- 228,190 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013 in the United States alone. Approximately 159,480 people will die from lung cancer this year.
- Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States.
- Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer among men and women aside from prostate and breast cancer.
- The five-year survival rate for lung cancer remains at 15 percent in comparison to breast (93 percent at Stage 0) and prostate cancer (nearly 100 percent when localized).[4A/4B] The five-year lung cancer survival rate is directly related to the rate of early diagnosis.
- According to the World Health Organization, about 1.4 million died from lung cancer worldwide in 2008.
- The lung cancer death rate is over twice that of prostate and breast cancer.
- Cancer prevalence rate is the number of subjects that have been diagnosed with cancer within a given sample of the population. Cancer mortality rate is the number of subjects who die from the cancer within a given sample of the population. In many statistical studies, the sample number used is 100,000, which is sufficient to relate the results to the population and discount any information as an anomaly.
- Cigarette smoking is the major risk factor for lung cancer. The CDC tobacco-related statistics correlate the effects of smoking to lung cancer and other diseases. Smoking causes 90 percent of male lung cancer deaths and 80 percent of female lung cancer deaths.
4A. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/overviewguide/breast-cancer-overview-survival-rates 4B. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/prostatecancer/detailedguide/prostate-cancer-survival-rates 5. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs297/en/