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A 39-year-old member asked:

Please tell me, could someone get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Yes: Exposure to asbestos, coal dust and severe air pollution can be associated with lung cancer as well. About 10% of cases of lung cancer occur in non-smokers. Some of these are related to second-hand smoke, some to industrial/occupational exposures, and others happen with no known precipitating causes.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get lung cancer from things other than smoking?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Yes: About 10% of people who get lung cancer are non-smokers. There are many factors - exposure to second hand smoke, exposure to other air-borne toxins (air pollution, industrial exposures in miners and other workers). Asbestos has been mostly eliminated, but old exposure in people working in construction, shipyards, car brakes and elsewhere can cause a cancer called mesothelioma.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have lung cancer after only smoking 2 years?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: Even some non smokers can have lung cancer. Your risk is increased but not 100%.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are other leads to of lung cancer besides smoking?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Asbestos: For mesothelioma other inhaled carcinogens some unknown some metastatic from other primaries to lung.

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