Lung cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Lung Association, lung cancer caused over 150,000 cancer-related deaths in 2018, accounting for nearly a quarter of all cancer-related deaths. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that the early identification and treatment of lung cancer may help reduce the likelihood of death.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that heavy smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 receive an annual lung cancer screening. The USPTF recommends that annual cancer screenings include computed tomography (CT) scans. For heavy smokers within this age range, annual screenings are required to be covered by health insurance plans. However, only 12.5% of those qualified under USPSTF guidelines reported having a CT scan for lung cancer in 2017.

Benefits of Lung Cancer Screening

An annual lung cancer screening may be very effective in identifying multiple health concerns, including bronchitis, emphysema, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In some cases, the results from lung cancer screening results may have a 95 percent confidence interval. Early detection of lung cancer can allow medical professionals to devise and implement a treatment plan.

Who Could Be At Risk for Lung Cancer?

Groups other than heavy smokers may have an increased risk for lung cancer and other pulmonary diseases. Researchers have found that individuals who have had prolonged exposure to diesel fumes may increase the likelihood of developing lung cancer. Similarly, according to the American Railway Association, those who have had prolonged exposure to diesel fumes may be more likely to develop lung cancer and certain pulmonary diseases. Prolonged exposure to asbestos, creosote, or welding fumes may also increase the likelihood of developing lung cancer.

Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer

Identifying and treating lung cancer in its early stages can be crucial for managing the development of the illness. Some early signs of lung cancer may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constant cough
  • Coughing up blood or excessive phlegm
  • Persistent lung infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Frequent chest pain

Contact an Experienced Railroad Attorney Today

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lung cancer or a pulmonary disease due to your work in the railroad industry, contact the experienced attorneys at Doran & Murphy. Our knowledgeable attorneys has years of experience helping injured individuals hold negligent railroad companies accountable for their actions. Our skilled railroad injury attorneys could help you seek the compensation you need to move forward. Call today to discuss the benefits of annual lung cancer screenings.