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“A screening CT scan of the lungs is therefore a wise investment for anyone who has a significant smoking history or has been exposed to smoke, in order to identify risks of cancer and other diseases, and could bring considerable peace of mind,” he says. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK. It kills more men than prostate and bowel cancer combined and more women than breast cancer. The survival from lung cancer is poor with only 5% of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. However, patients who have a lung cancer detected early with the low dose CT scan have a vastly improved outcome with over 80% surviving five years.
Monitoring for lung cancers is recommended for people aged 55 to 74 years who have a significant smoking history – but it is not a substitute for quitting smoking. Anyone wanting to monitor the health of their lungs can visit Dr Navani for a spirometry (a bedside technique to diagnose COPD or emphysema), followed by the CT scan where advised.
“The best way to avoid lung cancer is to stay away from tobacco. Smokers should contact a healthcare professional to find out more about the stop-smoking services available to them,” says Dr Navani.
Chief Executive John Lofthouse says “We are delighted to have consultants like Dr Navani providing techniques such as the lung CT screening at King Edward VII’s Hospital. We are committed to providing world leading medical technology complemented by excellent care.”
Further information about lung health and CT screening is available by contacting Dr Navani’s office on 07412 193 615 or www.thelungconsultant.co.uk.