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A 23-year-old male asked:

Ive had chest pains for years now and the doctors cant find anything. im worried it could be something genetic, im saying that because my grandfather on the paternal side died of lung cancer. so it possible to get a genetic test?

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Different things: A genetic test will not find the cause for your pain and will not rule out the possibility of developing lung cancer. Get established with a GP. Such pains are musculoskeletal in origin most of the time.
Dr. Claudia Mikail
Preventive Medicine 24 years experience
We don't usually perform genetic tests for lung cancer risk. However, there is one for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a hereditary condition that predisposes to chronic obstructive pulmomary disease (COPD). If your grandpa had this, you might have inherited the mutation for it. Remember that environmental factors (such as smoking) also cause lung cancer, so avoiding tobacco use would be beneficial regardless of genetics. Please continue to followup with your M.D. closely. https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
Mar 8, 2020

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