This is Dr. David
I am a cancer doctor
I can understand your worry.
however, instead of another chest xray, I would get a chest CT scan.
chest xrays are two 2-dimentional images of your chest and this technology is from the 1940s.
a chest CT scan is a much more detailed and a 3 dimentional image of your lungs and body.
so there is no question about breast shadows or composite shadows to know exactly what is going on.
if you get another chest xray, you could have more questions about shadows or could raise more questions.
also, it doesn't sound like you have coughed up any blood and all of the blood was from your gums.
don't let your anxiety get out of control.
I thought they would send me for a ct scan ext but the gp told me that xray is prefered. what else could the shadow be
it is difficult for me to say without looking at your age
or seeing your chest xray report.
I would get a copy of your two chest xray reports.
I would be happy to review them with you.
but the shadows could be scar tissue in your lungs or a nipple shadow or a bone spur on a rib
would they show a change between may and september though?
yes, sometimes depending on how you stand or the technique of the chest xray, something stable can look like it has changed.
a chest CT scan would be much more clear
it is a more expensive scan than a chest xray
but would be worth it to clarify the situation
and help put your mind at ease
i agree. i have no symptoms whatsoever off of online lung cancer checklists but i know that its not impossible for a young non smoker to get cancer. is it rare or common? thanks.
it is very very very very rare for someone your age to get lung cancer.
I am a cancer expert doctor and treat lung cancer patients daily at work.
you should not worry about having lung cancer.
but ask your doctor for a chest CT scan which will be much more clear imaging of your lungs
and will help alleviate any question about what is going on.
good luck to you
let me know if you have other questions.
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