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shadow on right upper lung

hi, obviously im concerned, my dad is 65 years old, and been a smoker for 40 plus years, stopped now for say 5 years.
he had check up due to him being short of breath, and shadow came up on x-ray. top of right lung.
he has a ct scan on the 29th!

he has in the past had pigeon disease and possibly pnemonia, would this not leave a shadow?? and can they not tell if scar tissue or blood vessels from an x-ray alone?

lucy - would be grateful for feedback, thanks
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replied September 26th, 2008
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When a patient, especially a smoker (even after stopping smoking cigarettes, the risk is still greater) has shortness of breath, or persistent and worsening cough, doctors always explore the possibility of lung cancer.
Common first symptoms of lung cancer are breathlessness and fatigue.
Lung x-ray can detect almost every cancer, but, not the smallest one that are easily caught at CT scan.
Blood vessels of possible lung cancer can be seen well on CT scan.
People with pneumonia may become short of breath, too.
Sometimes is hard to explain the shadow on chest x-ray, cause it can be due to many conditions.
Lung scarring can mimic pneumonia on x-ray, and pneumonia is sometimes difficult to distinguished from lung cancer on x-ray images.

CT scan is the most accurate test for lung diseases.

Best wishes!
Marija
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replied September 26th, 2008
dad has shadow on right lung
thanks for your reply, i am worried, as his mother died of lung cancer, can it be hereditary??
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replied October 20th, 2008
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Having a parent or sibling with lung cancer doubles a person's risk of lung cancer.
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replied December 18th, 2008
shadow on cxr xray
17 year old female blk basket player sob shadow found on cxr and slightly elevated rbc and lower wbc what is this.
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