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A 44-year-old member asked:

Could you get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

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Dr. Jerry Fioramonti
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: There are different kinds of lung cancer and some of them are not caused by smoking such as asbestos exposure. However, the vast majority of lung cancers are related to cigarette smoking.

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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 46-year-old member asked:

How likely is getting lung cancer from smoking?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
14% of smokers get: Lung cancer, but those that smoke to age 35 have a 50% risk of dying from smoking related other cancers, lung, heart, or vascular events (stroke, claudication). The chance of lung cancer without smoking is quite small. Just forget that it is reasonable to smoke, it is one of the stupidest things humans do.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Can you get lung cancer from smoking cigars?

3 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Benjamin
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Absolutely: People think that since cigar smokers rarely "inhale" smoke, that they do not have the same lung cancer risk as cigarette smokers. This thinking is not correct. Here is a study that shows the link between cigar smoking and lung cancer: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20162568 all tobacco use can be hazardous to your health; please be careful.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Could i get lung cancer when i'm 25?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unlikely: Any thing is possible, but is extremely unlikely for a 25 year old to get lung cancer. There is discrepancy in your stated age of 25 and the age in your profile- 39 years.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How to determine if I am getting lung cancer?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
May not: Many persons are asymptomatic until late, smokers, cough, cough blood, chest pain, recurrent pneumonias may be clues. Ct scan and x-rays done for other conditions may "discover" an unsuspected lesion.

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