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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
Internal Medicine - Oncology 48 years experience
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
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lois A Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 36 years experience
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
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
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
Pathology 45 years experience
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
Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
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
- Select Specialities - 52 years experience
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
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
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 Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
I have seen one case: In 35 years of practice focused on lung cancer, so it is very rare. We call cancers from their source of origin because it helps us decide how to man... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 23 years experience
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. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
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.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Chinn
Urology 39 years experience
Extremely unlikely: Extremely unlikely - probably severe reactive airway disease. Need to see your pcp or a pulmonologist.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 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