Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Lung Cancer

5mmX4 mm non-calcified nodule

10/05/2009

Question:

I have a single 5mmX4mm non calcified nodule in my lower left lung. I have been getting annual low dose CT scans. I started the scans in 2/07. My last scan was 8/09 and it has not grown. The nodule is round with even edges. What is the chance that it is lung cancer? I used to be a smoker, but quit 12 years ago.

Answer:

If it has not grown in 2 years, then it is benign.  After 2 years of no growth, we usually don't get further scans.

I hope this helps.

For more information:

Go to the Lung Cancer health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati