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is it possible for a 16 year old to get lung cancer

A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
47 years experience Medical Oncology
Not elevated: Your risk of developing lung cancer is no greater than that of a person who has never smoked. This assumes, of course, that you do not take up cigare ... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
41 years experience Pediatrics
Not likely: While smoking increases your chances for lung cancer, there are also other factors at play. Smoking for 6 months is not a major risk factor, especial ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Eventually: The linkage of cigarette smoking & lung cancer is well known but not a fast process. Stop now and the toxic debris in your lungs will be cleaned o ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Yes, but...: I am very glad you stopped. If you smoked more than 100 total, you have increased your risk slightly above baseline. There's nothing more you can do a ... Read More
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes: Smoking starts the cascade of molecular changes that can cause the lung cells to mutate and become cancer. There are carcinogens in the tobacco smoke ... Read More
Dr. Herbert Hoover
51 years experience General Practice
Yes you can but stop: Smoking socially for 2 years has likely increased your risk of getting lung cancer slightly but the most important thing is to stop forever now and yo ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Eventually/not now: Smoking anything like weed or cigarettes throws a bunch of irritants into the sensitive lung tissue and over a a couple decades this may trigger cance ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Lung cancer: Isn't the only problem with smoking, other lung diseases, heart diseases, blood pressure, bladder cancer, and a host of other health problems, you are ... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cooke
22 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Yes: But extremely rare.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Hard to answer: It would be important to know exactly what kind of lung cancer he has since it would be extremely rare for a teenager to have the same types as seen i ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
22 years experience Medical Oncology
Do you smoke?: If you smoke, then you are at risk for developing lung cancer at a later age. If you have a family history of lung cancer in non-smokers, or if you ar ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
No data available: These products have not been available long enough,or studied well enough to answer this question.This product does not contain some of the dozens of ... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
You will likely: be fine. Congratulations on quitting. Just make sure that you don't start smoking nicotine products or inhale any unnecessary vapors in the future.

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