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While there are no truly effective screening methods for lung cancer, there are some things you can do enable early detection.
Recent studies have shown that x-rays or CT scans ordered by your primary physician have been helpful in detecting lung cancer in its early stages.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, check with your primary care physician or pulmonologist to determine if a diagnostic test is appropriate:
- A cough that does not go away
- Chest pain, often made worse by deep breathing
- Weight loss or loss of appetite
- Bloody or rust-colored sputum (spit or phlegm)
- Shortness of breath
- Recurring infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- New onset of wheezing.
Most often these symptoms are not due to cancer; however, anyone with such symptoms should see a doctor to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible.