Try to find out what the doctor considers Pre screening for lung cancer. I know they are working on tests for early detection and some like dogs trained to sniff lung cancer on a person's breath are showing promise but I was unaware there was actually such a test available yet.
X-rays are not the way to go as they miss many early lung cancers as well as advanced lung cancers. Yearly CT's make me shudder as that is exposing onesself to alot of radiation ( which then ups your risks for some cancers like lymphomas) and false sense of security. They may see nothing but that does not mean you do not have very early cancer . My mom is a good example as 4 yrs prior to her finding out she had lung cancer she started feeling Short of breath, fatigued, they did all the pulmonary function tests which came back perfect, cardiac tests once again all normal, thinking she might have a pulmonary embolism they even did a spiral CT and there was nothing there, now jump ahead 4 years and she developes a malignant pleural effussion and a had large tumor in her right middle lobe and a small spot on the liver which at first they did not feel was a met but it was. So she was stage IV NSCLC.(yea the one they say is slow growing). They have relooked at that earlier CT and see nothing .To me this means that there had to be changes all ready occuring at the cellular level so while that CT gave everyone peace of mind the cancer was there and given a chance to take hold and grow. I just do not think they have a good tests yet. But if they do please let us know!
If you are still smoking Please, please give it up. Lung cancer is on the rise in women so why tempt fate?
As for this line from the post that follows yours "anyways, you shouldn't concentrate on it too much, you should rather start screening for breast cancer." OUCH!!! Yes it is true we need to screen for breast cancer, but hey should men do so too, I have taken care of several men that had breast cancer so just because you are male does not mean you are safe from breast cancer. And I am sorry to say that Lung cancer kills more people then breast cancer and it is on the rise in the female population and there are genetic forms of lung cancer so to say one should be more worried about breast cancer then lung cancer is such a huge mistake! Especially to those that have lost a a blood relative to lung cancer. Even if there is not a genetic link there could be an environmental link such as exposure to smoke, radon, asbestos that anyone living with the person with the lung cancer has also been exposed too.
Lung cancer is one they need to find a way to detect early and it is a huge threat to all of us as it kills more people then other cancers combined. Yet we keep it hidden because of the association it has with smoking. I am glad to see lung cancer becoming a topic one is starting to see more frequently as everyone needs to know they are at risk and support funding to find a cure and a way for early detection.
Dana find out what this doctor is offering you and ask him lots of questions before you decide. I have an aunt that died of Ovarian Cancer and a sister that had breast cancer so I could have the genetic mutation so was offered the screening test, well all the test would so is say yes or no you have the gene but it does not say yes or no you will develope the cancer. I opted not to do the screening as if it came back positive then I would be consumed with worry and then they would offer things that I consider to be body mutilations yet I may never develop the cancer or even by doing what they suggest would not be 100% protected. My decision was do what everyone else does but be on alert for these cancers , have tests like the rest of the general public and if I do develope one of them then see it as fate and deal with it, in other words let life decide rather then spend my life freaked out at possibilities. My choice is to live my life not waste time worring about the what if's .Hope this helps some, JanMarie