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A 51-year-old female asked:

Can you have lung cancer if have clear chest x-ray (both pa & lateral view) two months ago?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Of course, but...: The answer is NO, if a person is healthy and has no special reason to be suspected of having lung cancer. Many things are possible in life. So, as long as a person has lungs, he CAN have lung cancer, but it is not detectable until the tumor gets bigger. Likewise, he can have brain cancer, liver cancer, etc... But, in order to live a happy, normal life, we say NO CANCER when we don't detect cancer.

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Last updated Jan 2, 2020

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