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Lung Cancer Prevention, Early Diagnosis and Treatment Unit
Lung cancer is currently the most common neoplasm and the most common cause of death from malignant tumors, accounting for 28% of cancer deaths and 6% of all deaths. Because of the absence of symptoms even in advanced stages, it is often diagnosed late, therefore limiting treatment options.
This cancer is the deadliest neoplasm among men, although, in some countries, it has also become the leading cause of death among women, beating breast cancer. Most research points to the high prevalence of smoking among the population as the main risk factor.
Being well aware of this information, Hospitales Universitarios San Roque in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria created this Unit, a pioneer in the field of private medicine in the Canary Islands. The unit the innovative technique known as Low Radiation Computed Tomography (CT), which, when combined with a set of state-of-the-art diagnostic tests and treatments, allows us to perform screening tests and complete respiratory checkups.
According to very rigorous scientific publications, lung cancer screening studies using Low Radiation CT in high-risk patients significantly reduces mortality by providing early diagnosis and treatment. Only 20% of diagnosed patients can be operated, so this tool is an irreplaceable ally that increases the patient's chance of finding a cure.
As a formal recommendation, Hospitales San Roque Lung Cancer Prevention, Early Diagnosis and Treatment Unit recommends that you get a screening test if you are over 40 years old and are or have been a smoker for more than 15 years, even if you do not have any symptoms: These factors are decisive in the risk of developing lung cancer and subjecting yourself to a screening test in order to obtain an early diagnosis can raise your chances of receiving treatment and being cured.