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can lung cancer be detected in a chest x-ray for pneumonia?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Possible: But the pneumonia density can obscure, or be distal to a cancer. Usually follow up x-rays or ct after acute pneumonia clears can be helpful.
Answered on Sep 30, 2020

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