Monday, 19th April 2021
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Early checkups are important to prevent lung cancer

Early checkups are important to prevent lung cancer

Pneumological diseases are highly prevalent and of great importance, unfortunately people are not aware of it.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality in the world, responsible for 28% of the annual cause of death, above breast or prostate cancers.

It is a silent disease, normally showing no symptoms in the early stages because the lungs do not have the capacity to produce pain. The disease begins to be noticeable when the more severe symptoms appear in advanced stages, usually stage 4, when it may be too late to administer a curative treatment.

This is why it is very important to carry out an adequate program for the early detection of diseases such as lung cancer.

Dr Ricardo Aguilar, specialist in pulmonology at the HC Marbella international hospital, tells us about the importance of early checkups for the detection of lung cancer.

"It is a silent disease, normally showing no symptoms in the early stages because the lungs do not have the capacity to produce pain. The disease begins to be noticeable when the more severe symptoms appear in advanced stages, usually stage 4, when it may be too late to administer a curative treatment.

This is why it is very important to carry an adequate program for the early detection of diseases such as lung cancer."


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Who should make a lung checkup?
Tobacco use is the main cause for lung cancer and it represents 80% of cases. The risk is higher depending on the number of packages / year smoked and the duration of exposure.

People over the age of 50 who are at high risk of respiratory diseases such as smokers or exsmokers or patients with a pulmonary history of lung cancer should have a lung checkup.

What is involved?
Checking for lung diseases is very simple. An initial consultation is carried out by the pulmonologist performing a physical examination to investigate the general condition of the patient. We then perform a spirometry to carry out a complete study of the lungs condition and capacity, and finally a low-radiation chest CT scan is performed to loosely examine the morphological status of the lungs and check that there are no suspect lesions.

How often should I make a checkup?
It depends on the person, their backgrounds, age, and risk factors. After a first evaluation based on the results and the risk factors, it may be recommended to repeat the checkup every year or every 3 years depending on the case.

To what extent are they important to prevent any health problems?
Since 2018, thanks to a European study called Nelson, it has been proven and established that lung cancer screening programs are as effective as a mammogram, cytology or prostate examination. It is a very effective test in detecting lung cancer in its initial stages when patients are still susceptible to curative treatment. This is why it is very important to be aware of the importance of pulmonary checks.



HC Marbella International Hospital (Marbella High Care International Hospital)
Private Hospital Marbella, Calle Ventura del Mar, 11, 29660
+34 952 908 628
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