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A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it true that it's rare to get lung cancer at an early age?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: "...The average age at which lung cancer is diagnosed is 71, with less than 3% of lung cancers diagnosed under the age of 45. That said, lung cancer does occur in young adults and even children..." http://goo.Gl/k6aex and http://goo.Gl/5mixx.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: But rare other than some lymphomas, childhood cancer metastasis from sarcomas etc.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Might someone have lung cancer in an early age?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Yes: But rare other than some lymphomas, childhood cancer metastasis from sarcomas etc.
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A 37-year-old female asked:

What are the chances of getting lung cancer at age 37?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Low: I've seen it, of course. If you are a smoker, you can lower it further, now and in the future, by stopping smoking now.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

At what age can you get lung cancer? Can you have it at the age of 20?

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Dr. Muhammad-ali Zaydan
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Mainly in older peop: There is no specific age in lung cancer, yes it is possible at age 20, but extremely rare, it can happen even in people who never smoked. However the majority of lung cancer patients are in their 50s and older, and the longer the history of smoking, the higher the risk. There are multiple research projects going on to try to identify genetic/hereditary factors.

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