How likely is it that a chest xray will miss lung cancer? Heard so many stories of this happening lately.... I had a chest xray in Jan 2016 and one Mar 10 2017 both clear but still having coughing symptoms all the time!
Hi, chest x-rays find lung cancer most of the time but a far from great. Most esitmates online are about 50-75% detection. Small tumours can be missed simply because they are small, even larger tumours low in the lung can be hard to see in front of the diaphram, or they can be obscured behind bone or heart. I had a clear chest x-ray a month ago but am having a chest ct scan next week as worrying symptoms persist.
Hi i got my 2nd x-ray results today and it says I have slightly emphsematous lungs. I'm not really sure what this means yet but my doctor said it's very unusual in someone my age, still no cancer lesion seen on the x-ray but now i'm thinking i i'm old enough to have emphysema then am i old enough to have lung cancer? i don't think loss of appetite is a symptom of emphysema......she has referred me to a lung specialist and this will result in a ct scan she said, which is good