A 17-year-old female asked:
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if my grandfather died from lung cancer does it mean i will have lung cancer? he was never a smoker, i am asthmatic and i was born premature.

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Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: There are several forms of lung cancer. That which is associated with smoking is squamous cancer arising in the tracheobronchial tree. The more common form now is adenocarcinoma of the lung and that is probably viral in origin and not associated with smoking.
Answered on Apr 24, 2014

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