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is lung cancer hereditary?

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Dr. Uma Swamy
Dr. Uma Swamy answered
15 years experience Radiation Oncology
Usually Not: Usually not.
Answered on Jan 8, 2013
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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
18 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Rarely: The vast majority of lung cancer is thought to be caused by tobacco exposure. A small percentage of the lung cancer cases in non smokers are thought to be hereditary.
Answered on May 28, 2017
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Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit.Ly/ygfoko.
Answered on Feb 3, 2014
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Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
7 years experience Medical Oncology
See below: There are no defined familial lung cancer syndromes; however, mutations in certain regions of the genome have higher incidence of lung cancer; some inherited changes in metabolic pathway genes may increase risk for carcinogensis from smoking.
Answered on Mar 24, 2017
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