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A 22-year-old female asked:

Dr. ariel, so my cousin can't get lung cancer if he stops smoking?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ariel Lopez-chavez
Medical Oncology 19 years experience
Unlikely but...: If she stops smoking now at age 15 and never smokes again it would be very unlikely for her to have lung cancer. However, lung cancer can still happen in people that have never smoked and this has become more common in the last few years. But the risk is still very very low. All the best, ariel.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes he can: Stopping smoking is very helpful in reducing occurrence ut some few persons will still get cancer of the lung.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Can get cancer: We know, lung cancer in "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Stopping, and stopping young will allow your cousin's increased risk for both lung and other diseases to decrease. However, yes still at risk for lung cancer. http://goo.gl/q3itr your cousin should work with family physician to maximize overall wellness.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
85%+ of: Lung cancer caused by tobacco, more in males. Stopping before age 35 decreased risk to that of non-smokers. But there is no guarantee. Never smoking is best quitting young second best, but quitting at any age decreases risk. And it is not just ling cancer (head and neck, esophagus, bladder), heart, vascular, and lung deaths too.

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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.

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