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B 17 Lung Cancer
Evaluation: Radiology is not indicated for asymptomatic 39 year old smoker. Your family physician can review your history and risk factors to help assess risk and refer for appropriate screening if indicated. There are clear criteria for appropriate screening. You can also learn more at the following links: http://goo.Gl/gu9ms http://goo.Gl/8k1lp http://goo.Gl/oqvsp. ...Read more
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
Not just cancer: While the risk may be "only" 20-30% that's actually pretty high- 1 in every 3-5 smokers. But even if you escape cancer, having chronic lung diseases happens to almost all smokers, and it's no picnic. Feeling like you're gasping for breath every waking second is a miserable existence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How possible is it for a 33 year old smoker to get lung cancer after 17 years of smoking 12 a day?
Bad luck: You don't need to smoke a lot to cause cancer. They asked jack nicklaus how he kept winning. "luck, " he said. "but you just beat every golfer in the world?! that's luck? " "absolutely, " answered jack, "and the more i practice, the luckier i get." smoking is like the outside of practicing. The more you smoke, the unluckier you get. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does teenagers get lung cancer? My friend started smoking at already 12 years of age and is now 17, is she in great risk right now?
Several causes...: But the most common correlation with lung cancer is smoking. Smoking alone will increase your risk of lung cancer by about 20 times by smoking one pack per day for twenty years. Other sources can be genetic (alpha-1 antitrypsin disorder), related to environmental exposures that are inhaled, or other less common reasons. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Staging, location, degree of emphysema, co morbidities will determine symptoms on a particular individual. In general, most patients have no symptoms until late. Bloody sputum sometimes occurs. Some tumors may produce hormones. Weight loss may occur with advanced stage. Pneumonia, stridor, bloody pleural effusions, horner's syndrome, chest wall arm pains. Shortness of breath, recurrent pneumonias. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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