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A 23-year-old male asked:

24 year old. gym goer. smoke 1-3 cig/day. feeling pain near right scapula back side only when i cough sneeze stretch or wake up in morning. lung cancer/pancoast.?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hosea Mcadoo
Radiology 55 years experience
Not likely: At your age lung cancer is very unlikely. More likely a musculo-skeletal cause. This scare should be a wake up call to stop smoking before the next one really is lung cancer. If you remain concerned see your md.
Dr. Ariel Lopez-chavez
Medical Oncology 19 years experience
Stop smoking: First of all, you should take this opportunity to just stop smoking all together. Even 1 cigarette will predispose you to get not only lung cancer but also head and neck cancers, throat, tongue, pancreatic cancer and many others. Also puts you at very high risk of having a heart attack and many other problems. As far as your pain, this is unlikely due to lung cancer since you are very young.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
CAT SCAN THORAX: It would be very rare for a 24 year old to have lung cancer but if you are so concerned get a screening low dose cat scan of the thorax and stop wondering and worrying about rare diagnoses.

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