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Chest x-ray taken for persisting cough. Report showing focal opacity projecting over the left lung. Parenchymal nodule can not be excluded. Cancer chances?

I have had a cough for 2 weeks...went to the docor, after a week, and had a chest xray . The impression on the chest xray reads: Focal opacity (measuring just over a centimeter) projecting over the left lower lung on the frontal view and the lower thoracic spine on the lateral view. A parenchymal nodule cannot be excluded. I am going for a CT tomorrow. In your opinion, could this be cancerous? Thank you.
Asked On : Thu, 5 Jul 2012
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Thanks for your query,
Your x-ray shows focal opacity.There were various reasons of this opacity.The first one they put as an nodule.the other possibility may be a pneumonitis or fungal infection patch ,or calcified spots or may be an mycobactarium infection.
your CT scan will help to locate its exact place with measurement & biopsy will decide its benign or malignant nature.
So don't worry wait for CT report to come.Thanks
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