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What is the chance of a teenager getting lung cancer

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Rare: Lung cancer from smoking would be very rare in a teenager. There are many forms of lung cancer. Cancer can be in the lung due to spread of cancer fr ... Read More
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Tumor Board this AM: Reminded me that young men/boys with lung masses are much more likely to have testis cancer in their lungs than primary lung cancer (rare to unheard o ... Read More

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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many diseases: Most patients get affected by some diseases but we never see in real life medicine that one person getting affected by various or multiple disease sta ... Read More
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Health anxiety: Health anxiety is not uncommon, and can make you fear having all kinds of diseases that you don't have. It can make you interpret every body sensatio ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience General Surgery
No.: It's not common for teenagers to get lung cancer, smoking or not. A small fraction of a percent of lung cancer patients are diagnosed before the age o ... Read More
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Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Increased chances: Lung cancer in the young (< 40 years of age) is unusual, but not unheard of, and is most likely related to genetic predisposition rather than smoking ... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No...but: Smoking teens grow into smoking adults, and are much more likely to get lung cancer than adults who quit as teens. Once you pick up a cigarette, the c ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Angela Walker
41 years experience Addiction Medicine
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
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Significant risk. Needs full evaluation, since many lung issues, lesions, correlate with smoking, and family history , and exposures.
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Douglas
50 years experience Orthodontics
Quit Now: Very few things you do in your whole life will benefit you more than quitting smoking. This includes cigarettes, cigars, joints snuff, chewing tobacco ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Genetic: Counseling is indicating if any of you were less than 50, occured without a history of smoking in any of the members of your family, and with three, t ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
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
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Absolutely: Primary smoker and second hand likely as well from your family. Stop now to get back to a lower risk strata!
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
Scan not neede: Unless Mums breast Ca was genetically induced thru BRACA any development of breast Ca would be environmental and the issue resolved with mammography. ... Read More
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