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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. ...Read more

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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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;. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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"
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...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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What to do if I know not all smokers get lung cancer, but what about other problems?

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

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Hi I was wondering after how long u can get lung cancer lets say u snoke 15 smokes a day?

Hi I was wondering after how long u can get lung cancer lets say u snoke 15 smokes a day?

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

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How much of a chance is it for me to get lung cancer if three people in my family got it?

How much of a chance is it for me to get lung cancer if three people in my family got it?

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

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I'm just wondering, if you were to get lung cancer then what proffessionals would you deal with?

I'm just wondering, if you were to get lung cancer then what proffessionals would you deal with?

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

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Supposing I have smoked for 28 yrs, and quit today, how likely is it that I will get lung cancer?

Supposing I have smoked for 28 yrs, and quit today, how likely is it that I will get lung cancer?

Congratulations!: That is great news. Nobody knows if you will get cancer. But here is some info: studies: http://goo. Gl/okzop review: http://goo. Gl/zbki6 popular press: http://goo. Gl/zgea0 congratulations, be well, respect yourself. ...Read more

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Can you lung cancer if you don't smoke? Can you still get lung cancer if you smoked for only 10 years?

Yes and yes: Lung cancer is more common in smokers and miners and asbestos workers and some other inhalants.
Some non-smokers still get lung cancer.
Smoking at all increases ones risk.
Quitting reduces the risk back toward baseline. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Yes: Where smoking is definitely linked to lung cancer there are several different types of lung cancer. Most are dire tly smoking related yet unfortunately some form despite the fact the person never smoked. ...Read more

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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

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
864 Doctors shared insights

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