Kentucky has the highest rate of lung cancer in the country, and is the leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. It claims more lives each year than breast; prostate and colorectal cancers combined. With early detection, lung cancer is very treatable, and lung cancer screening throughout the state have help detect lung cancer at an early stage before symptoms develop.
It is estimate that more than 1.5 million adults will have a lung nodule in their lifetime; also only 29% receive appropriate follow-up care. It’s important to follow up with your primary care provider about any abnormal findings to get a referral to the right specialist. A thorough personal health history is necessary to determine your risk factors, including smoking history; family history and potential environmental exposures such as the presence of radon in your home or exposure to hazardous materials at work.