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Can Mold Cause 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
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
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.
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!
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.).
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.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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!See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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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