Not exactly. A chest X-ray cannot confirm the diagnosis of lung cancer. However, the chest x-ray can be the first test when lung cancer is suspected. Lung cancer is often visible as a white-grey mass in the chest x-ray. This white-grey mass is not a definitive diagnosis because this condition can also occur due to other causes such as a collection of pus.
Even though a chest x-ray does not give a definitive diagnosis, the x-ray report must not be ignored. If there is suspicion of lung cancer on X-ray, it is best to consult a specialist and get more tests done to investigate whether you have lung cancer. Often a specialist recommends a Computed Tomography (CT) scan or biopsy to confirm lung cancer.
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