Early Lung Cancer (CDT)
Recent research has demonstrated that routine chest X-rays can miss one-quarter of all lung cancers. This is because it can often be quite difficult to see small, curable lung cancers on an X-ray. And if they are detected by a chest X-ray, the cancer is usually advanced and the chances of long-term survival are low. Early detection will give you the best chance of fighting the disease. In fact, the 5-year survival rate for early stage detection is 43-73% but for later stage disease it’s as low as 2-13%. But no medical test is perfect, so it’s important you understand that six out of ten lung cancers will not be detected by an EarlyCDT test. This means a low-level result should always be treated with caution in the presence of symptoms. Common symptoms include a persistent cough, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, aches or pains when breathing, a hoarse voice, loss of appetite, weight loss and extreme tiredness. It is always important to make an appointment to see your own doctor as soon as possible if such symptoms remain unexplained.
All our tests have been specially designed to be convenient and non-invasive. Once you’ve booked your appointment, full preparation instructions will be provided in your confirmation email or letter. You can continue to eat and drink normally before your appointment, and you’ll also remain fully clothed throughout.