Lung cancer can be curable if doctors catch the disease early. Experts recommend screening for the disease in those at risk for developing lung cancer. Surgically removing the tumor is an option if it is contained and has not spread beyond the lung.
Who Can Benefit from Lung Cancer Screening?
Those who should be screened for lung cancer include:
- Current and former smokers aged 55 to 80
- Anyone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Patients with a family history of lung cancer
- Workers exposed to asbestos or other carcinogens
When lung cancer is caught early, treatment is typically successful with surgery. Most patients may not require chemotherapy or radiation after surgery.
Low-Dose Computerized Tomography (LDCT)
The National Lung Screening Trial conducted by the National Cancer Institute used CT scans to screen heavy smokers for cancer. The results found that twice as many lung cancers were detected using the CT scan process than using X-rays. The study also found:
- Screening reduced deaths from lung cancer by 20 percent.
- Screening helps locate small cancers earlier.
- Screening using low-dose radiation requires no contrast injection.
Catching lung cancer early is vital for stopping the spread of the disease. If you recently received a diagnosis of lung cancer due to tobacco use or exposure to harmful asbestos, radon, or other dangerous substances, you and your loved ones may face a long and difficult journey.
Why Lung Cancer Screenings Are Vital to Your Health
Lung cancer develops silently and often exhibits no signs or symptoms to warn you of the disease. When symptoms like that of a dry cough appear, you may believe you simply have a lingering cold.
Harmful cancer cells can travel from the lung and through the bloodstream. Once lung cancer spreads, it becomes more difficult to treat. Patients with advanced lung cancer often deal with chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments.
Only 16 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed while the tumor is in the early stages of growth. Chest X-rays fail to accurately catch early-stage lung cancer, making the low-dose scanning technology the best option for potentially saving your life.
Screenings are vital to your health and your future. Talk with your doctor about your options for a CT scan for lung cancer without delay.
How the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Can Help You
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in the United States. Catching the disease early can save your life. Even an early diagnosis can be costly. Rising medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering negatively impact your life.
No one should pay out of pocket for expenses that occur due to exposure to dangerous products or substances that was not your fault. Insurance companies representing big tobacco companies and large corporations like to settle cases quickly. It is important that you not fall for their tactics to get you to settle for less than you deserve.
Accepting and signing a settlement offer without legal representation may not be in your best interest. By doing so, you may lose your right to pursue civil action later should your condition worsen.
Call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm Today
Our legal team is well-aware of the tactics insurance companies use to deny or delay awarding you the compensation you deserve. If we are unable to secure fair compensation out of court, we are ready and willing to go to trial.
At the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we offer free case evaluations, and we work on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning you owe nothing unless we secure an award for you.
Our personal injury lawyers have more than 50 years of experience representing clients throughout the nation.
We will fight to protect your legal rights, and we treat all clients with the respect they deserve during such difficult times. A cancer diagnosis of any kind, at any stage, is frightening. Your anxiety about the road ahead is understandable.
It is unfair and unjust to experience such physical, financial, and emotional stress due to companies and manufacturers who put profits over people. For a free case evaluation, call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm now at (800) 794-0444.