A 20-year-old female asked:
hi doctor, m cured frm tb bt tb left scars..can i get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of tb scars? 22 year old female. i don't smoke. plz reply me.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Ed Friedlander answered
43 years experience Pathology
Don't worry: We've both been cured of TB and that's a good thing. The tiny statistical cancer risk that these old scars pose (and not everybody believe they even do) isn't something we can do anything about. You can't remove the scar, and nowadays it's not considered even worth getting radiation to look for it. Just be grateful that TB is now manageable. Best wishes.
Answered on May 21, 2019
Dr. Craig Carter answered
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unlikely: Just having scar tissue does not make you more likely to develop lung cancer, as long as you don't have other risk factors. Since you are not a smoker, the big one is off the list. You should have an x-ray periodically just for follow-up, but not more than every 3-5 years.
Answered on Dec 25, 2018
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