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A 22-year-old male asked:

I have all the symptoms of lung cancer: shortness of breath, cough with yellow phlegm and occasional red streaks, fingernail clubbing...but my chest x-ray and noncontrast high-res chest ct were negative. doctors are saying i'm fine, but i'm scared?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
Not cancer: You're making a big mistake by reading cancer symptoms and concluding you might have it. Every symptom caused by any cancer -- lung or anywhere else -- has many more causes, all more common than cancer. The chance you have lung cancer at your age is almost zero, and your xrays and CT are reliable. Believe your doctors. (But maybe bronchitis etc? Are you a smoker?)
Dr. Philip Miller
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Trust your physician: or obtain a pulmonary medical consultation as a second opinion. Without symptoms such as weight loss. anorexia, expectorating pure blood. chronic spasmodic coughing,etc. this is not consistent with lung cancer, especially with a negative CT scan. I suggest behavioral counseling with a certified psychotherpist for CBT.
Last updated Nov 9, 2019


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