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Can Children Get Lung Cancer
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 fully know: Not fully know, possibly genetics. Importantly, smoking is the primary risk factor for causing 90% of lung cancer. Though it is clear that some people who smoke their whole lives never develop lung cancer, quitting smoking remains the most important aspect of lung cancer prevention and should be strongly encouraged. ...Read more
See below: 15% of all lung cancers occur in never smokers. Epidemiological studies suggest that environmental toxic exposures (radon, second hand smoke, pollution etc) can be linked; however, for a given individual it is hard to establish a definite link; the biology of lc in never smokers is different and there are certain molecular features that may make it more responsive to certain drugs;. ...Read more
We don't know: Although smoking is by far the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, not every lung cancer patient has a smoking history. Some non-smokers have other risks like second hand smoke or asbestos exposure. But a growing number have no risk factors that we know of. Unfortunately the lack if cigarette exposure does not completely rule out the possibility of lung cancer. ...Read more
"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"
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Not rare: 10-15% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers. 16-24, 000 americans die of lung cancer each year are "never smoked" patients. If you just took the "never smoked" group of lung cancer deaths, completely separate from the “smokers”, the "never smoked" lung cancer disease would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the United States. ...Read more
Yes...: Both environmental (asbestos, radon, other people's smoke, and many heavy metals and likely pollutants) and genetic (new molecular based understanding of the epidermal growth factor receptor, path and mutations, and other molecular causes exciting researchers). ...Read more
Lung cancer: No one knows why.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Found early, small and peripheral in the lung one may be cured
if advanced, small cell, metastatic there is palliative but no cures likely. ...Read more
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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
Smoking: Smoking is related to all sorts of cancers, not just lung, diseases of blood vessels in the body, limitations of exercise capability, etc. It is among the worst of the potentially controllable risk factors. ...Read more
A half pack per day: Smoker is at high risk for developing many cancers and cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases. Many write on this forum about "how long" can I do tis, or "when" will it happen. It is expensive, dumb and risky to smoke, and a half pack is a lot. Stop now, if you can, and you may find it is already not in your control; it in fact controls you and you are a slave to nicotine. ...Read more
Higher than normal: There are several reasons why a family history of lung cancer may increase your risk. The members involved may share similar habits like smoking or if they live together and everyone who does not smoke gets exposed to smoke from at least one smoker. Also if the family lives in a place where they are exposed to carcinogens such as radon. Genes may also play a role but not well defined as of yet. ...Read more
Team: Lung cancer is best treated with a multi-disciplinary team. The key players would be thoracic surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and primary care physician (pcp). You may or may not have a pulmonologist for lung function assessment and cardiologist for heart function assessment. The coordination of overall care may be assisted by a nurse navigator and/or social worker. ...Read more
Supposing I have smoked for 28 yrs, and quit today, how likely is it that I will get lung cancer?
Can you lung cancer if you don't smoke? Can you still get lung cancer if you smoked for only 10 years?
Every person I know who developed lung cancer didn't get it until soon after they quit. This makes me nervous to quit?
That makes no sense: Quitting smoking does not cause cancer. If anything, your friends didn't quit soon enough. And we see this all the time. People continue to smoke until the health effects are severe and there is no turning back. You are young, if you quit NOW the damage can be minimized and it will be like you never smoked at all. ...Read more
Can you tell me how is it possible for a person who has never smoked and has been around little to no smoke get lung cancer?
Will I get lung cancer from constantly being around a lady who chain smokes in her bed? I've lived with her for 6 months now.
Second hand smoke:
Second hand smoke is as bad as smoking, and you are at increased risk of getting respiratory conditions like copd, and cancer of the lung.
Whether you will get cancer or not, we can not answer, but you are at incresed risk, that's all I can say
risk is also related to how much smoke and for how many years is the exposure. ...Read more
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
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