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If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

15%: 15% of smokers (>100 cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. If you stop smoking, your risk of lung cancer decreases each year after stopping.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Could I get lung cancer when I'm 25?

Could I get lung cancer when I'm 25?

Possibly: It depends on your risk factors, but in general, it is unlikely in someone your age. If you are a cigarette smoker, your chances go up with time.

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Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Multiple factors: Nonsmokers as well as smokers can develop lung cancer, a disorder that involves genetic and other factors. Smoking is a major contributing cause but other mechanisms come into play such a genetic predisposition.

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How come some smokers don't get lung cancer?

How come some smokers don't get lung cancer?

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.

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If I smoked, should I get tested for lung cancer?

If I smoked, should I get tested for lung cancer?

Screening: The national lung screening trial demonstrated survival advantage in patients who underwent low dose ct scan screening and were high risk. High risk is defined as heavy or former smokers (quit within 15 years) and aged 55-74.

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How is it that a lot of nonsmokers get lung cancer?

How is it that a lot of nonsmokers get lung cancer?

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;.

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How can someone get lung cancer who has never smoked?

How can someone get lung cancer who has never smoked?

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.

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Might I get lung cancer from second or thirdhand smoke?

Might I get lung cancer from second or thirdhand smoke?

Not likely: The evidence is not clear for second hand smoke, let alone third hand smoke. If you would like to avoid smoking related lung cancer, don't smoke.

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Might it be that a a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer?

Might it be that a a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer?

Yes: "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 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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How probable is it to get lung cancer when you don't smoke?

How probable is it to get lung cancer when you don't smoke?

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.

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How much time do I have if I get diagnosed with lung cancer?

How much time do I have if I get diagnosed with lung cancer?

Unanswerable: We need more info, like the type of lung cancer and more importantly the stage. Even then, we can estimate an average survival for a population but no doctor can possibly tell how long anybody will live.

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Is it possible to get lung cancer if you've never smoked before?

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).

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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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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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For what length of time do I have if I get diagnosed with lung cancer?

For what length of time do I have if I get diagnosed with lung cancer?

Depends: Found early, small and peripheral in the lung one may be cured if advanced, small cell, metastatic there is palliative but no cures likely.

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