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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ?

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. ...Read more

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

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

Yes for Smoking: Most well identified carcinogens are found in tobacco products and the link between smoking and lung cancer is clear. The age is not the issue- there have been reports teenagers with cancer that has been linked to smoking. Alcohol is also linked to many cancers including head and neck cancer, esophageal, liver, breast, etc. Not so sure about lung.... ...Read more

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Im 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?

Im 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more