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A 17-year-old male asked:

could shortness of breath be a cancer symptom an what cancer?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Yes, but: Practically ANYTHING can be a symptom of cancer but that doesn't mean the individual has cancer. For instance, lung cancer commonly causes shortness of breath (as well as chest pain, coughing blood, weight loss, hoarseness, etc) but there are dozens of less serious causes of shortness of breath which are generally more likely.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Shortness of breath: Is a symptom of many many conditions. At 17 years of age, cancer is one of the least likely.
Dr. Anita Prakash
Cardiology 29 years experience
Yes: Lung cancer -- if enough of your pulmonary reserve is occupied by cancer and/or you have underlying COPD; a pericardial mass/tumor -- that is, of the lining of the heart.

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