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What Are the Chances a Lung Nodule or Spot Is Cancer?

Lung CancerIf you’re worried because tests show that you have a lung nodule, keep in mind that the vast majority of pulmonary nodules are not cancerous. In fact, only three or four in 100 of these small growths are cancerous.

However, it is important to follow up on it, because lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths for both men and women in the United States. The disease takes more lives than breast, prostate, colorectal and pancreatic cancers combined.

And, while smoking cigarettes is the most common risk factor for developing lung cancer, 25 percent of all cases worldwide are found in people who have never smoked.

Here’s what you need to know about early detection and screening — the key to allowing doctors to identify and treat a nodule that is cancerous in its early stages.

What are lung nodules and how are they detected?