UNDERSTANDING LUNG NODULE
Fewer than 5% of all nodules turn out to be cancer.
Lung Cancer is more likely to develop in patients who:
are above the age of 40
have a large or growing lung nodule
smoked or still smoke cigarettes
have a family history of lung cancer, or have been exposed to cancer-causing chemicals such as asbestos.
What if it's cancer?
If your nodule turns out to be lung cancer, the cancer is more than likely in its early stage. People early-stage lung cancer who receive treatment are less likely to die than people who are diagnosed at a later withstage, when the cancer has already begun causing symptoms.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What causes lung nodules?
How common are lung nodules?
A lung nodule shows up on about one in every 500 chest X-rays.
How is lung cancer treated?
Should I be concerned about a lung nodule?
About 90% of lung nodules are not cancerous. However, in some cases a nodule may turn out to be early stage cancer.