Lung cancer may get a new early warning system

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2019 | lung cancer

Cancer is a serious public risk in Louisiana. Many observers have linked the high incidence of chemical factories and other dangerous industrial workplaces with the high incidence of many types of cancer, in the state. Lung cancer is perhaps the most pernicious medical challenge to Louisianans of all ages.

Lung cancer deaths make up a full quarter of cancer deaths throughout the United States, with more than 150,000 people in country succumbing to the disease in 2018. The five-year survival rate, below 20 percent, is one of the lowest survival rates for all types of cancers.

Much like mesothelioma, a specific type of lung cancer allegedly caused by asbestos fibers, lung cancer is difficult to detect in early stages because of its resemblance to other health problems that are less serious and require less aggressive treatments. Some researchers are hoping to change that before lung cancer gets a chance to spread to other organs.

A combined computerized tomography (CT) scan and blood test may detect the cancer cells within DNA molecules. Pre-cancerous tumors were also identified in mice during the initial study. This research may lead to better early-warning diagnoses before human lung cancer patients have the most serious and lethal types of the disease.

Lung cancer patients who may have been sickened by industrial environments in Louisiana may have a case for financial damages in civil court. Compensation may help with medical expenses and other family needs. An attorney can help patients and their families manage their expectations for settlements or the civil court system and forward the best option.