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All testing on heart neg/cxr clear.. Have chest pains and feel burning sensation chest area on and off. Is this a precursor to lung cancer?

All testing on heart neg/cxr clear.. Have chest pains and feel burning sensation chest area on and off. Is this a precursor to lung cancer?

No: Your symptoms most likely suggest some gastric reflux symptoms. Your chest xray is clear which is re-assuring. If you are a heavy smoker a ct scan for lung cancer screening may be appropriate;. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Smoking for past 2 year , age 28.. 4 to 5 a day. Symp:burning sensation in some areas of lung, had mild cough, cough aftr smoke. Chance of lung cancer?

Smoking for past 2 year , age 28.. 4 to 5 a day. Symp:burning sensation in some areas of lung, had mild cough, cough aftr smoke. Chance of lung cancer?

Quit smoking: It is not likely that you have lung cancer, but lung symptoms are a strong reason, if you needed one, to quit smoking. Smoking causes not only lung cancer but a number of other lung disease, heart disease, stroke and other cancers. See your doctor for nicotine replacement in case you need help in quitting smoking. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pressure on chest from lung cancer tumors?

What to do if I have pressure on chest from lung cancer tumors?

See your doctor: Symptomatic treatment of lung cancer is centered on pain and symptom control. If you have chest pressure from cancer, initial treatment is medical, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. Surgery usually has little to do with this. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer thats spread to chest be cured?

Can lung cancer thats spread to chest be cured?

Depends: Lung cancer can go from localized (stage 1) to wide- spread (stage iv). If it goes from involving one lobe only, to more than one lobe, the lymph nodes in the chest, the other lung, the chest wall, or the other structures in the chest, the chances of cure drop significantly. Lung cancer is best treated when it is found early, and the most successful treatment is surgery. ...Read more

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Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

I doubt it: Lung cancer is always worrisome. I would not jump to conclusions. If you smoke, your chances of cancer are greater than those who do not. If you do not smoke, then the pain can have many different causes. If worried get cxr. Lung cancer does not cause pain and even end stage people rarely complain of pain, rather sob or hematemesis. You could have simply strained the chest muscles. Fear not. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between lung cancer and thoracic or chest cancer?

Is there a connection between lung cancer and thoracic or chest cancer?

HERE IT IS: 1st: nothing such as thoracic or chest cancer. Both are anatomical descriptions of the area above the diaphgram. There are many cancers that can occur in this area ei: esophageal, lung, lymphoma and thymoma to name a few. So the only correlation is that lung cancer occurs and is found in the thoracic/chest area. ...Read more

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I am 20 used to smoke a lot now having chest and back pains could it be lung cancer?

I am 20 used to smoke a lot now having  chest and back pains could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: "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
risk decreases with time. http://goo.gl/vd4ue. ...Read more

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I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

No: This is overwhelmingly likely to be musculoskeletal pain. If you are smoking, however, you need to stop. It will do you nothing but harm. See your doctor if you have further concerns or want advice on smoking cessation. ...Read more

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My chest occasionally hurts. i was just coughing cause water went down the wrong way. and it was hurting real bad. is this a sign of lung cancer?

Chest pain: This is not a sign of lung cancer.
Violent cough can cause chest wall bruising and pain. The pain usually fades away with time ( days to few weeks) ...Read more

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I'm 16 I had my 1st cigarette 2 years ago. For around 6 months I smoked a lot. What are the chances of me having lung cancer? i get slight chest pains

I'm 16 I had my 1st cigarette 2 years ago. For around 6 months I smoked a lot. What are the chances of me having lung cancer? i get slight chest pains

Quit Now: Very few things you do in your whole life will benefit you more than quitting smoking. This includes cigarettes, cigars, joints snuff, chewing tobacco and vaping. You will enjoy better health and over time will be able to buy several new cars with the money you save. You haven't smoked long enough yet to seriously worry about lung cancer, but if you don't quit you'll be there soon enough. ...Read more

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Can chest xray detect early lung cancer?

Can chest xray detect early lung cancer?

Sometimes: Sometimes 8-10 mm lung lesions can be detected. Detection depends on location of lesion whether it is central or peripheral. Central lesions near mediastinum are many times difficult to recognize on plain radiograph. Cross sectional imaging such as CT is much more sensitive for small hidden lesions than radiograph. ...Read more

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How accurate are chest xrays for finding lung cancer?

How accurate are chest xrays for finding lung cancer?

Not very: Chest xrays are not regarded as good lung cancer screening tools. Ct-scan, while imperfect, is currently the best demonstrated screening tool for lung cancer. A proper protocol chest ct will use about the same radiation as a mammogram.
http://goo.gl/b69an. ...Read more

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After 2 chest xrays should I still worry about lung cancer? Both were normal and i just turned 38

After 2 chest xrays should I still worry about lung cancer? Both were normal and i just turned 38

Risk of lung cancer: If you are a nonsmoker and young, there is a small but not zero chance of developing lung cancer. The two negative chest xr should put your mind at ease. A chest xr is one way of detecting lung cancer but if you are a smoker 2packs perday for >10 years a screening ct scan of the lung is better for the higher risk patient. ...Read more

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Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

No: Cxr is not very sensitive. The best test for screening is low dose ct scan. Best staging tests are ct scan and pet scan. ...Read more

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My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

Unlikely: At age 19, non-smoker, no other risk factors, extremely unlikely. It would be best to be evaluated by your primary care physician. A comprehensive medical history, family history, social history and thorough physical exam may get you an answer or at least will get you in correct direction. Be well. ...Read more

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Im 25 and am concerned about lung cancer because I am having chest discomfort, small cough. I've never smoked and haven't been exposed to it either.

Im 25 and am concerned about lung cancer because I am having chest discomfort, small cough. I've never smoked and haven't been exposed to it either.

Very low risk: Risk of cancer is very low. There may be other causes of cough, e.g. bronchitis. If the cough persists for more than two weeks it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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So scared have something like lung cancer, had cough for 7 weeks after cold, not easing. Dr said chest and breathing ok and no other worrying symptom?

So scared have something like lung cancer,  had cough for 7 weeks after cold, not easing. Dr said chest and breathing ok and no other worrying symptom?

MGT: Your risk for lung cancer involves a number of factors including your smoking history, chest imaging findings, and genetic predisposition.
If you are experiencing a prolonged cough, a pulmonary function test and chest radiograph may help to determine the next steps. If your chest is clear on exam the likelihood of bronchitis or pneumonia is less. A virtual in box consult can also be arranged. ...Read more

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29 yr old w/ 6-7 pack years smoking (quit 1month ago). Had mild but persistent 1-sided chest sensation 1 month (feels more like internal tickle/itch than pain). No other symptoms. Lung cancer likely?

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29 yr old w/ 6-7 pack years smoking (quit 1month ago). Had mild but persistent 1-sided chest sensation 1 month (feels more like internal tickle/itch than pain). No other symptoms. Lung cancer likely?

Not likely: but if you want to make sure, you should go see a doctor. More importantly, you may want to stop smoking. That will be a good step to reduce your chance of getting lung cancer in the future. Who wants to be worried about lung cancer every time there is a chest sensation? You are only 29 years old. You have lots of years left to worry. ...Read more

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Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: You can get chest pain from pleurisy associated with the pneumonia. That would be the most common cause for chest pain, together with muscle sprain from coughing. Of course, if you are concerned about cancer, get checked! ...Read more

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When lung cancer causes a chest ache is it usually persistent or intermittent ache?

When lung cancer causes a chest ache is it usually persistent or intermittent ache?

Chest pain not: Usual lung cancer finding. Cancer related pain moves in and doesn't go away. Pain when one beathes in and out is called 'pleuritic pain' - many associated causes, cancer lower on the list. ...Read more

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If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

Many causes of Pain: Pain in the chest can be caused by many different reasons. Lung cancer can be one of these but it will often produce other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. If a chest X-ray is normal then you are not likely to have any tumor in your lungs. Other reasons to exclude is Angina(although it is a disease of the older people) or muscular pain(this is the most likely reason). Such pains go ...Read more

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If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

NO: The size may influence pain; however, the pleura sac around the lungs has multiple nerve endings. Size is not necessarily the issue. ...Read more

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What are my chances estimated of lung cancer at 22? I don't smoke or drink.But woke up with a cough and feeling of mucus in chest?

<1% over next 30 yrs: The risk of developing lung cancer in the us by age group: http://www.Cdc.Gov/cancer/lung/statistics/age.Htm . At age 22, yours is less than 1 % over the next 30 years. It is much higher if you start smoking or work/live in an environment with great exposure to passive smoke, asbestos, mining dust, or radiation like radon. ...Read more

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I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

Not lung cancer.: Chest pains with a cold are very common. It could be as simple as rib pain from coughing too much, or more complex if the cold progressed to become a pneumonia lung infection. If you have a persistent fever or if you're not getting better very soon, then you should see your doctor for a check up to make sure everything is OK. ...Read more

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I am 25. 5 yrs smoking history but quit it 3 mnths ago. Coughing brown phelgm & chest pain sometime. Is it lung cancer or lung cancer possible at 25 ?

I am 25. 5 yrs smoking history but quit it 3 mnths ago. Coughing brown phelgm & chest pain sometime. Is it lung cancer or lung cancer possible at 25 ?

Unlikely: Lung cancer takes quite a while to develop. Your lungs are just clearing out the leftover garbage left down in there from smoking. This is pretty common. Congratulations on quitting smoking - probably the BEST thing you could ever do for your health! ...Read more

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I have pain in left side of chest. I smoked weed for around 3 years but stopped, i'm 22 now.Could it be chostochondritis?Lung cancer or something else?

Yes: Could be anything! cancer is not the first thing i would think of but you require a proper physical exam and appropriate diagnostic studies to find out what's going on. ...Read more

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I have chest pain in the center, when ibow down. It is rare and it doesn't happen when i breathe.I have painin the back, like a circle.Is it lung cancer?

I have chest pain in the center, when ibow down. It is rare and it doesn't happen when i breathe.I have painin the back, like a circle.Is it lung cancer?

Unlikely: The pains that you feel need to be evaluated for what is causing them. Lung cancer is usually initially without much pain except for irritation of airway maybe but are found most of the time accidentally when looking for other things or as part of screening. Look at your risks for it and be screened and look for causes of the pain. If they happen to correlate then you find out. ...Read more

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)

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 ...Read more