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Dr. Reynolds
Ask a Pro - Lung Cancer

With Dr. Robert Reynolds, Radiation Oncologist, Bismarck Cancer Center

 

Q: I’m 62 years old and have been a smoker for years.  What symptoms should I look for lung cancer?

A: A history of smoking can put you at a higher risk for lung cancer. Paying attention to warning signs of lung cancer can positively affect the outcome of treatment if you develop cancer. Signs and symptoms of lung cancer may include:

  • Lasting cough or hoarseness (most common)
  • Coughing up blood
  • Breathing difficulties that become progressively worse
  • Unintentional weight loss and extreme fatigue
  • Recurring infections like bronchitis or pneumonia

 

If you have a history of smoking or other factors that put you at higher risk for lung cancer, it is important to participate in lung screening. The United States Preventative Services Task Force now recommends annual screening CT Scan for people 55-80 years old who have a 30-pack-year smoking history, or who have quit within the last 15 years. It is important to talk to your medical provider if you have concerns.  If caught at an early stage, lung cancer is often treatable and curable.

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