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I quit smoking bfr 4dys after 10pack yr smoking history my age is 30.I feard about Lung Cancer, I found black&blood particles in sputum and chest pain?

I quit smoking bfr 4dys after 10pack yr smoking history my age is 30.I feard about Lung Cancer, I found black&blood particles in sputum and chest pain?

I can understand why: You feel apprehensive. Your chest pain & tightness combined with sputum changes (which might not be from lung) and smoking history would making seeing a physician a good idea. I would not panic or make any assumptions. Congratulations on quitting!! Please do be seen.

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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Blood in sputum. I thought it was TB or lung cancer, or some kind of respiratory disease, but then it disappeared after a few days. Is this okay?

Blood in sputum. I thought it was TB or lung cancer, or some kind of respiratory disease, but then it disappeared after a few days. Is this okay?

Worth followup: Blood is abnormal but can come with bronchitis, pneumonia, TB or other infections and/or growths of several types including cancers. May be over, but be sure by seeing doc and x-ray.

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Can the std's herpes and HPV cause lung cancer? Violent coughing and blood in sputum. What's going on? Please help with suggestions.

Can the std's herpes and HPV cause lung cancer? Violent coughing and blood in sputum. What's going on? Please help with suggestions.

Chest X-ray: Neither is associated with lung cancer. Multiple possibilities. Go see your primary care, will likely require further evaluation with chest x-ray. Take care of yourself, and if you're a smoker - quit, that can certainly be a cause.

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I had blood from mouth after sneezing? Is it normal? I got a chest x ray and sputum cytology. Is that sufficient to rule out lung cancer?

I had blood from mouth after sneezing? Is it normal? I got a chest x ray and sputum cytology. Is that sufficient to rule out lung cancer?

Lung Cancer unlikely: You are too young to have lung Cancer. I would advise you to follow up with your doctor as to how he/she should monitor you further. It will partly depend on your future symptoms. If there is any more coughing with blood, then additional testing would be necessary. Otherwise you should do fine. But do not smoke!

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Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Can lung cancer be hereditary?

Unclear: Non or never smokers can develop lung cancer if they have a genetic mutation to such genes as egfr or eml4/alk fusion translocation. For more info: http://bit. Ly/ygfoko.

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I have a question about lung cancer?

I have a question about lung cancer?

Ok: Ok, if you have a question then please ask it rather then asking whether you can ask the question.

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Is infiltrate a sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: An infiltrate seen on a cxr or ct scan can be cancer or infection (pneumonia) or inflammation. It is by no means definitive for cancer. If it looks suspecious enough on the scan, the next steps are further imaging or direct biopsy of the abnormality.

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What organs does lung cancer attack?

What organs does lung cancer attack?

Local versus mets: Lung cancer will locally invade the chest wall and cause fluid to accumulate around the lungs. It can spread to the brain, bone, adrenal glands.

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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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How is lung cancer usually diagnosed?

Symptom, signs: And imaging, then a biopsy. Cough, wt loss, history of smoking leads to an x-ray, then a ct scan showing location and what else seemingly is involved. A biopsy through a scope or a needle directed by the imaging ct collects cells for analysis. Treatment depends on what is involved, how healthy you are, and what you tolerate.

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Can you tell if you have lung cancer?

Can you tell if you have lung cancer?

Rarely: Lung cancer is a silent disease. Symptoms such as coughing out blood, shortness of breath, weight loss or pain are usually late and signify advanced disease. Chest x-ray and ct can detect lung cancer in earlier stages.

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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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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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How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Breathless: Frequently pulmonary obstructive symptoms, just cannot breathe, or pneumonia, and fever and sepsis, or metastatic disease in a critical area- brain for example, or the chest fills with fluid, one can break alone- hip and fall due to metastasis.

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How can someone have lung cancer and know?

CT scan: High risk patients such as heavy active or former smokers and age greater than 50 may benefit from a screening low dose chest cat scan.

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What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

What tests are done to detect lung cancer?

Variety: Depends on risk factors. The more risk factors you have the more serious the investigation. Baseline CXR, possibly CAT scan, sputum samples, up to bronchoscopy with washings and possible biopsy or guided needle biopsy for findings. Currently even starting genetic analysis of tumors to help predict response to chemo/radiation. If really worried start with Pulmonologist

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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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How likely is surviving severe lung cancer?

How likely is surviving severe 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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What exercises done toprevent lung cancer?

What exercises done toprevent lung cancer?

Health/no smoking.: Apart from a healthy lifestyle, like diet and exercise, the best thing to do would be to refrain from smoking anything. Countless studies have shown that people whjo do not smoke have a greatly reduced risk of lung cancer. There are some types, like bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, that is more common in female non-smokers, but overall, lung cancer is associated with smoking.

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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


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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