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At what age can you get lung cancer

A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Muhammad-ali Zaydan
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Mainly in older peop: There is no specific age in lung cancer, yes it is possible at age 20, but extremely rare, it can happen even in people who never smoked. However the ... Read More
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Highest rate, 55-65.: While there is a wider age range at which you can get lung cancer, the peak incidence is between 55 and 65 years of age. Because there are 4 main typ... Read More
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Very rarely: Some neuroendocrine tumors, lymphomas and rare connective tissue tumors may occur in a young person. The usual lung cancers occur in persons over 40 ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: "...The average age at which lung cancer is diagnosed is 71, with less than 3% of lung cancers diagnosed under the age of 45. That said, lung cancer d... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: But rare other than some lymphomas, childhood cancer metastasis from sarcomas etc.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
Pathology 29 years experience
Older smokers...: Historically, men were more likely to develop lung cancer, but as more women began to smoke tobacco, the incicence of lung cancer in women has increas... Read More
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Anyone: However for non small cell statistically more common in men 50 and older.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
None: Early stage lung cancers do not have any symptoms there is no accepted mass screening test for eararly detection low yield do not justify mass screeni... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Not much: Cancer of lung at the age of 20 is very rare. If you are afraid of getting lung cancer don't smoke , don't get exposed to toxic chemicals including se... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Angela Walker
Addiction Medicine 42 years experience
Cancer: I am not aware of teenagers getting lung cancer if they have been smoking for just five years. But as cancer can happen at any age they are at risk . ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
YES: Yes absolutely. Not only lung cancer, that person also will be at high risk to develop other smoking/alcohol related cancer ( head and neck cancer, es... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
If you quit: And do not relapse, and social smoking was < pack/day, you have risk that diminishes over years of not smoking. You are making a wise choice, stick t... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: The median age for lung ca is 72. This not the avg. It the point where 1/2 are younger and 1/2 are older. The risk of lung ca in 30's is 1.3%. The med... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
1+1 not always 2: While we know a lot about risk factors for cancer, we really cannot predict when cancer will develop based upon exposure to known carcinogens. To be ... Read More

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