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Reeders, PA
A 45-year-old female asked:

My mom and dad both died recently from cancer that spread from small oat cancer..i don't smoke.. do i need to be worried about myself now?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Not particularly: My condolences. I am glad you don't smoke. It is rare for someone who never smoked to get small cell lung cancer. However, it does happen rarely and you might have a genetic predisposition. Other risk factors include exposure to secondhand smoke and radon. But the odds of you getting lung cancer are quite small so avoid secondhand smoke and don't worry.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
Hematology and Oncology 39 years experience
Not neccessarily: First- i'm very sorry for your losses. It's hard enough to lose one parent, yet alone both so close together. I assume that they were smokers which is the major risk factor for deceloping oat cell (small cell) lung cancer. You may have had second hand smoke exposure, which might increase your risk a little, but you are not at a higher risk because of your parents diagnoses.
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Yes, sounds like shared exposure. Just let your doc know about this. Sorry about that.
May 12, 2013

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