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A spot on the lungs usually refers to a pulmonary nodule. This is a small, round growth on the lungs that shows up as a white spot on image scans. Typically, these nodules are smaller than three 3 centimeters (cm) in diameter. If your doctor sees a pulmonary nodule on a chest X-ray or CT scan, don’t panic.What are the chances a lung nodule or spot is cancer?
Overall, the likelihood that a lung nodule is cancer is 40 percent. However, a person's actual risk depends on a variety of factors, such as age: In people younger than 35, the chance that a lung nodule is malignant is less than 1 percent, while half of lung nodules in people over 50 are cancerous.Does a spot on the lung mean cancer?
In many cases, though, a lung nodule turns out to be benign. This means that it isn't cancer. A hard part is waiting and not knowing. Here's information that may make your wait just a little bit easier. What Are Benign Lung Nodules and Benign Lung Tumors? A nodule is a "spot on the lung," seen on an X-ray or computed tomography (CT) scan.What do white spots on the lungs mean?
Lung nodules are common. If you have a CT scan of the chest, about half the time, one or more small nodules will be found. They appear white because they are denser than the surrounding lung, which is full of air and appears dark. Generally, the smaller the nodule the less likely it may be cancerous (malignant).