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Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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10 years exposure of toxic black mold. Suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. Lung Cancer?

10 years exposure of toxic black mold. Suffer from all kinds of symptoms. Lately really bad breathing with chestpain, blue clubbing nails. Lung Cancer?

Not necessarily: You need to be evaluated and followed up by pulmonologists and allergists, given the few information you provided, unfortunately we cannot be of much help on this platform except guiding you which way to go, good luck

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


Dr. Sandhya Thomas-Montilus Dr. Thomas-Montilus
Internal Medicine
years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can you get lung cancer from inhaling mold and how much time you need inhale to get cancer. I'm 21 years old. Smoked like 20-30 cigarettes with mold?

Can you get lung cancer from inhaling mold and how much time you need inhale to get cancer. I'm 21 years old. Smoked like 20-30 cigarettes with mold?

Yes: Depending on the type of mold and the amount that was inhaled and the time period, it can be dangerous and toxic, potentially triggering lung cancer. If you develop respiratory symptoms, see your MD. You can get various tests to evaluate for lung disease including CXR, Pulmonary function tests, pulse oximetry, etc, to evaluate different aspects of lung disease.

Dr. Brian Mott Dr. Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
25 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

What is the usual cause of lung cancer?

Smoking: Although three are some common causes of lung cancer by far the most common culprit is cigarette smoking.

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Dr. David Cooke Dr. Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
18 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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What is lung cancer caused by in nonsmoker?

What is lung cancer caused by in nonsmoker?

Many things: >80% of lung cancer is caused by smoking. However never smokers (defined as <100 cigarettes in lifetime) can get smoking. Risk factors include radon exposure, second hand smoke, and genetic mutations such as egfr activating mutations.

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz Dr. Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
35 years in practice
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes of lung cancer?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes of lung cancer?

None or some: Causes: carcinogens in cigarrete smoke, radon, radioactivity, inhalation of organic halogenated hydrocarbons, aromatic hydrocarbons, exposure to known carcinogens to include some. Many times no symptoms. Sometimes, persistent cough, hemoptysis, weight loss (unexplained) recurrent pneumonia, may lead to discovery. Smoking anything is a risk. Asbestos inhalation co carcinogen.Read warnings!

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes for lung cancer?

Need expert help here. What are the symptoms and causes for lung cancer?

Familiar: Cough, weight loss, chest discomfort, pneumonia, just not feeling well. Smoking, smoking, asbestos exposure, maybe radon exposure especially if you smoke, working in a uranium mine, smoking, certain chemicals such as chromates in the workplace, urban pollution maybe, passive smoking (i've autopsied two wives who died from living in smoke-filled homes with stogie-puffing husbands.).

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Can cigars cause lung cancer?

Yes: They're not so deadly as cigarettes because people smoke fewer and the smoke is so disgusting that it's not much inhaled. However, I've autopsied two non-smoking wives of heavy cigar smokers who died of smoker-type lung cancer -- my only non-smoker lung cancer autosies. I'd had to be a husband who had to live with that one.

Dr. Sewa Legha Dr. Legha
Internal Medicine - Oncology
46 years in practice
Punjab University, Christian Medical College
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Dr. Frederick Tibayan Dr. Tibayan
Surgery - Thoracic
19 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Please explain why tobacco causes lung cancer?

It's complicated.: Smoking accounts for the vast majority (but not all) cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains many substances (carcinogens) that predispose to cancer. They do this in different ways, like interfering with normal lung cell functions, making them divide more rapidly or die more slowly, or by suppressing the normal immune response to tumors. Don't smoke.

Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I am wondering what causes lung cancer besides smoking?

Multiple: Radon gas, industrial air pollution, asbestos, genetics, etc. Given enough time, studies will likely show that anything can cause cancer, given a larger enough concentration, exposure, and time.

Dr. Peter Sadow Dr. Sadow
Pathology
13 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

Can acid reflux cause lung cancer?

No: Acid reflux can lead, in rare cases, to barrett's esophagus, which can predispose to esophageal cancer. This is extremely rare, as reflux is quite common (most people experience this at some point). Reflux is not associated with lung cancer, at least not as a related cause.

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Dr. Brian Mott Dr. Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
25 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Matthew Cooper Dr. Cooper
Surgery - Thoracic
34 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Can smoking weed cause someone to have lung cancer?

Can smoking weed cause someone to have lung cancer?

Smoking: It is possible. Smoking like that is unfiltered which delivers irritants to the lung that can be a trigger for development of cancers.

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Dr. David Cooke Dr. Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
18 years in practice
Harvard Medical School
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Is smoking 4 to 5 cigretts a day causes lung cancer?

Is smoking 4 to 5 cigretts a day causes lung cancer?

Yes: Smoking > 100 cigarettes increases the risk of lung cancer more than the general population.

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Dr. Craig Carter Dr. Carter
Surgery - Thoracic
36 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What kind of lung cancer does asbestos exposure cause?

What kind of lung cancer does asbestos exposure cause?

Possibly: Asbestos exposure has been shown to be related to squamous cell carcinoma, but is best known for mesothelioma. Any type of carcinoma is possible.

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Dr. William Galli Dr. Galli
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
23 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can any doc tell me what's the 2nd most common cause of lung cancer?

Can any doc tell me what's the 2nd most common cause of lung cancer?

Almost in order: 1st cigaretts then: pipe and cigars, asbestos, radon family genes. History of lung ca pollution. People forget radon alot for non smokers. Hope it helps. Look at the american cancer society web site.

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Dr. Creighton Wright Dr. Wright
Surgery
52 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

How would somebody die from lung cancer caused by secondhand smoking?

Same: Once the cancer is established they die just like those with no smoking history, with primary smoking history, or second hand. Second hand smoke is still very irritating to many if not all persons lung tissue and the lung cells transform and become malignant and grow and spread causing death from suffocation, brain or other metastasis!

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Dr. Joseph Woods Dr. Woods
Pathology
24 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Can occasional accidental inhalation of baby powder cause lung cancer?

Can occasional accidental inhalation of baby powder cause lung cancer?

Not likely.: This should not result in any long term effects. If a great deal was inhaled at once, it might interfere with breathing and cause sneezing. Long term constant exposure to powders and dust can cause pneumoconiosis, or dust in the lung, but this is seen in miners and sandblaster professions. Occasional accidental inhalation is unlikely to cause this or cancer, which mainly results from smoking.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Can vape cause lung cancer in teens? Can it cause any other disease at such a young age?

Can vape cause lung cancer in teens? Can it cause any other disease at such a young age?

Addiction: Use of tobacco in any form can start the process for many diseases, including cancer, heart and lung disorders, though it may occur years later. You may get addicted to tobacco and may not be able to quit it when you realize that it is bad for your health.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

Dr. Hesham Hassaballa Dr. Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
18 years in practice
Rush Medical College
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What exactly is it that causes lung cancer. Is it the nicotine, the tobacco, or the smoke?

What exactly is it that causes lung cancer. Is it the nicotine, the tobacco, or the smoke?

The smoke: It is the smoke that causes the lung cancer. The smoke causes an intense inflammatory reaction in the lungs, and when this continues for years and years, it can cause lung cancer. Now, the nicotine itself doesn't usually cause the cancer, but it is more addictive than heroin. Thus, you get hooked on the cigarettes, which have the smoke, which causes the cancer. A very, very sinister product.

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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
856 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