This is the second most common cancer in the UK and can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages. There are two main types – small cell and non-small cell. Survival rates are generally poor owing to diagnosis commonly occurring at a late stage.
The main risk factors are:
• Passive smoking
• Asbestos exposure
• Radiation exposure
Chest xrays are commonly used as an investigation but they are not particularly sensitive – they can miss many lung cancers.
Low dose CT scanning is now recommended for patients considered to be at risk of developing lung cancer.
We would offer such screening tests to those aged over 55 with a significant smoking history or other risk factors.
Please contact us for further information.