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

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

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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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Could you tell me what gender and age group are more likely to get lung cancer?

Could you tell me what gender and age group are more likely to get lung cancer?

Older smokers...: Historically, men were more likely to develop lung cancer, but as more women began to smoke tobacco, the incicence of lung cancer in women has increased. Now lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. In my practice, the vast majority of patients with lung cancer are in their 50s and older. In rare instances, I see patients in their 40s and 30s.

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I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking.

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What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer? I mean is it possible at such a young age?

What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer? I mean is it possible at such a young age?

Low: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 20 and 34; 1.1% between 35 and 44; 7.8% between 45 and 54; 19.6% between 55 and 64; 30.5% between 65 and 74; 30.1% between 75 and 84; and 10.8% 85+ years of age" http://goo. Gl/5mixx.

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Can a perosn at the age of 51 get lung cancer if he/she was a heavy drinker and smoker?

YES: Yes absolutely. Not only lung cancer, that person also will be at high risk to develop other smoking/alcohol related cancer (head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, bladder cancer etc) as well as other related serious disease- such as liver cirrhosis, emphysema/ COPD etc. Please tell that person to quit smoking and alcohol.

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I'm a social smoker since age 20. Now im age 29 and just recently decide to quit smoking. Any chance I will still get lung cancer?

I'm a social smoker since age 20. Now im age 29 and just recently decide to quit smoking. Any chance I will still get lung cancer?

Maybe: Smoking is just one cause for lung cancer.Not smoking reduces your chance to get the disease but there are other causes and non-smokers can still contract lung cancer through second hand smoke. Other cancers in the body can metasticize to the lung. In general, if you stop smoking your chances are better to not get the disease and your lungs will recover, after 10 years, to those of a non-smoker.

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What is the avg age of throat or lung cancer? Can you get this at 38 or would it be at a later age?

What is the avg age of throat or lung cancer? Can you get this at 38 or would it be at a later age?

Yes: The median age for lung ca is 72. This not the avg. It the point where 1/2 are younger and 1/2 are older. The risk of lung ca in 30's is 1.3%. The median age for laryngeal ca is 63. However the number of patients developing. Ca really spikes up at 45 yrs and older. So lung ca at 38 fairly unlikely but laryngeal ca is possible.

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If it takes 20 years to get cancer, and a parent smokes next to her new baby, can the baby have lung cancer by age 20 years?

If it takes 20 years to get cancer, and a parent smokes next to her new baby, can the baby have lung cancer by age 20 years?

1+1 not always 2: While we know a lot about risk factors for cancer, we really cannot predict when cancer will develop based upon exposure to known carcinogens. To be fair, it is unlikely to see lung cancer in a 20 yr old, but there is absolutely no reason why any mother should ever smoke anywhere near her baby, ever.

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My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

Not likely: Cancer occurring in late life is not likely to have a strong genetic basis. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

Can get cancer: We know, lung cancer in "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Second hand smoke exposure is a known risk. Http://goo. Gl/q3itr should work with family physician to maximize overall wellness.

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For what length of time can you smoke until you get lung cancer?

For what length of time can you smoke until you get lung cancer?

Non specific: Smokers get more lung cancer. Heavy smokers get more lung cancer, but even minimal smokers, and second hand smokers can get, and have higher occurrence of lung cancers number of packs per day, and years used increase risk.

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Could you get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

Yes: There are different kinds of lung cancer and some of them are not caused by smoking such as asbestos exposure. However, the vast majority of lung cancers are related to cigarette smoking.

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I am wondering what help do you get if you get lung cancer or have a stroke?

I am wondering what help do you get if you get lung cancer or have a stroke?

?: What kind of help are you looking for? There are support groups, and services are available.

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking cigars?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking cigars?

Absolutely: People think that since cigar smokers rarely "inhale" smoke, that they do not have the same lung cancer risk as cigarette smokers. This thinking is not correct. Here is a study that shows the link between cigar smoking and lung cancer: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/20162568 all tobacco use can be hazardous to your health; please be careful.

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Are cigarettes the only reason you get lung cancer?

Are cigarettes the only reason you get lung cancer?

Major: The majority of lung cancer is caused by smoking 80-90%, especially in men. There is growing incidence of lung cancer in never smokers (<100 total lifetime cigarettes). This may be caused by mutations in certain genes such as egfr, or unusual fusion genes such as eml4-alk. These gene mutations are often found in younger individuals, asian ethncity and never smokers.

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking nutmeg?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking nutmeg?

People smoke nutmeg?: Boy, I'm such a small town square... I have no idea what is mixed in that or if its pure but my gut answer is: neither god nor evolution (your pick) made lungs as receptacles for burnt or burning particles. I would assume any inhaled combusting substance has a myriad of toxins that will damage the lung short or long term. Don't smoke nutmeg or for that matter parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme.

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How do you get lung cancer? If you don't smoke? Myparents smoked, but I always hated the way the stuff smelled. When I got older, I made them go outside to smoke, and I haven't been around smokers in years. Sohow could I have lung cancer?

How do you get lung cancer? If you don't smoke? Myparents smoked, but I always hated the way the stuff smelled. When I got older, I made them go outside to smoke, and I haven't been around smokers in years. Sohow could I have lung cancer?

I: I agree with dr. Leeman's answer entirely. Clearly, the most common cause of lung cancer is due to cigarette smoking. As an added piece of information, exposure to radon gas, usually by way of poorly vented basements, is one of the more likely causes of lung cancer when smoking is not a factor. You live in cook county, illinois and in general, it is listed as a county with moderate potential for levels of radon (in the range of 2-4 pci/l). You may want to have your home assessed for radon levels and if they are elevated have a reputable radon mitigation company discuss options for your home - usually a simple venting system is all that is needed.

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Yes: Smoke is an irritant to the lining of the lungs, causing the body to react and "defend" against the irritation and try to remove the smoke particles. Some smoke compounds are known to cause cells to become cancerous.

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