Before I start, I will say that I am not a hypochondriac but I am cautious and I know this disease well enough to know that early detection is the key.
My paternal grandmother died of lung cancer at 41 yrs old - don't know what kind and I don't know if she smoked at all. I watched my dad die of non small cell lung cancer and never smoked a day in his life. Diagnosed in March and dead by Sept.. His only symptom for about a yr was weight loss. No cough, no pain, nothing.
I'm 45 and I've been feeling lousy lately. Weak, tired, loss of appetite, hoarseness, and needles and pain in my back. Had blood work done and it shows mild anemia. In my mind a ct scan just in case would be beneficial but nope. Drs. insist that I don't have a cough and lung cancer isn't hereditary and I'm too young for lung cancer, etc.. so no ct scan for me.
I'm at the point that I'm willing to pay out of pocket for one but before I do, is there anyway I can talk a dr into giving me an rx? I never went to med school but I kinda feel like their text book criteria is part of the reason for so many diagnoses that come too late.