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A 25-year-old male asked:

25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, i have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Probably not....: Blood-tinged sputum is typically caused by bronchitis, which is an infection in the lung airways. You could also have post-nasal drip and the blood is from the nose or sinuses. You need to quit smoking ASAP as this is contributing to inflammation in the airways which predisposes you to acute bronchitis. See your doctor for diagnosis/treatment and to help you quit smoking!
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Provided original answer
You may not have any other symptoms if it was lung cancer so see your doc to rule it out. You may need to see a lung doctor for testing to rule out cancer. Congrats on quitting smoking!!!
Nov 16, 2014

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