Dark Lung Spots on X-Ray
Dark Nodule on Lung (top View)
What does an X-ray show?
Did a recent X-Ray or CT Scan show dark spots on the lungs? You will be surprised as to how many other things they can be and not necessary mean signs of cancer.
Someone close to me had a recent Ct scan performed. A few days later she was told that the scan showed a small black spot in a lung. Lung spots and links to cancer seemed to everyone to be a certainty. Dark lung spots on X-Ray does not necessarily mean bad news.
Almost immediately worries began to mount and I began investigating the main causes of lung spots and any possible links that could lead to cancer.
After some consultations and research we were surprised by the results. It was surprising to find out just how many things can result in lung spots, which to a CT scan or X-ray look the same as cancer.
If you have had a history of serious respiratory infections, severe colds, or other respiratory issues, like pneumonia, it is common for your lungs to scar. The scarring will show up as black spots in the CT/X-ray scan. Nodules which form as a result of the scarring, and sometimes by fungus, are called granulomas *, and are fairly common, although in some cases they can be caused by benign or cancerous tumors. In my relation's case, she has had a history of nodules in her neck and colon, so the expectancy is that it will the same this time.
Your doctor will monitor the spots in several ways, the most common being to take regular CT scans or X-rays over a period of time (usually every six months) and measure changes in the size of the spots. If no change occurs, it will most likely be scarring or other benign cause. It the spots begin to grow or multiply, then more aggressive testing is begun such as performing a biopsy to test the samples for the presence of cancer.
A complete medical exam is also a way for your doctor to determine if cancer is present or lung spots are due to something else. Cancer can also be determined by blood analysis as it releases a protein which can easily be detected.
If you still have concerns after consulting your doctor, then a visit to a cancer research center, such as the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center would be advisable. See http://sylvester.org/
Not all causes of lung disease, which can show up as lung spots, can be prevented, but if you have a respiratory infection seek treatment promptly to avoid scarring, always avoid working near contaminants such as asbestos, and above all DO NOT SMOKE. See also http://www.nibib.nih.gov/
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