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Can your 5 month old baby get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Can your 5 month old baby get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

No : Lung cancer is extremely rare in children. However, smoke exposure increase the risk of asthma, ear infections, pneumonia, slower growth, and markedly increases the risk of hospitalization from all causes. Infants and children should not be exposed to second hand tobacco smoke. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for baby to get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Is it possible for baby to get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Not your baby,: Who will have increase in asthma, pneumonia and respiratory illness, buth the child that grow up to be an adult might. By this i mean that the exposure may initiate the damage that takes many, many years to manifest. Do not expose your child or any one else to tobacco smoke. ...Read more

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Could i get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Could i get lung cancer from second hand smoke?

Yes: Stay away from places where people smoke and insist that smokers in your household go out to do it. Be rude if you have to, it can save your life. ...Read more

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How many people exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

How many people exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

11,000/year in US: About 11, 000 cases/year of cancer in the us are attributable to second hand tobacco smoke, compared to about 400, 000 from smoking. ...Read more

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Has anyone who never smoked/never exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

Has anyone who never smoked/never exposed to second hand smoke get lung cancer?

Yes: Incidence of lung cancers in non smokers is very low. The great majority of lung cancers are smoking related. In my own practice of over 900 lung cancers I have cared for, 5 patients never smoked or were continuously exposed to cigarette smoke. One patient was 23y/o when treated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me get lung cancer if I spoked 30 yr ago and was exposed to second hand smoke for first 5 years of life?

Is it possible for me get lung cancer if I spoked 30 yr ago and was exposed to second hand smoke for first 5 years of life?

Yes: 2nd hand smoke is a rare cause of lung cancer. The risk of cancer drops every year you are separated from smoking but never goes away completely. Of the last 1000 patients i've seen with lung cancer - only 5 had never smoked personally. ...Read more

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I Grew up around second hand smoke my whole life now I can't stop coughing weeks after a cold. Could I have lung cancer? I never smoked myself!

I Grew up around second hand smoke my whole life now I can't stop coughing weeks after a cold. Could I have lung cancer? I never smoked myself!

Exceedingly unlikely: What you considered a cold may have been a deeper infection (lower rather than upper respiratory virus) and in such cases recovery can take longer.If you haven't been in to see your doc in a while it might be easier to just go in and be evaluated than worry and wait to see if another week or so will fix it. ...Read more

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Can the lung cancer occur because of a large amount of second hand smoke of one year?

Can the lung cancer occur because of a large amount of second hand smoke of one year?

Not necessarily: "secondhand smoke is classified as a “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent)... Shs has been linked to lung cancer. There is also some evidence suggesting it may be linked with childhood leukemia and cancers of the larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), brain, bladder, rectum, stomach, and breast." http://goo.Gl/jps2i. ...Read more

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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. Kevin Windisch
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Second Hand Smoke (Definition)

Second hand tobacco smoke can be irritating to the lining of the ear's normal draining tube (the Eustachian tube). Some estimate that exposure to second hand smoke is responsible for as many as 2 million extra ear infections each year in the US. Reducing exposure ...Read more