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Has Anyone Ever Contracted Lung Cancer From Second Hand Smoke
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely: Most are longer exposure, but i'm sure there are some like you express. ...Read more
Might exposure to second hand smoke during childhood cause an increased risk of lung cancer in my later years?
Yes: Second hand smoking can cause an increased risk of cancer. Google us department of health and human services the health consequences of smoking: a report of the surgeon general. Atlanta, georgia: centers for disease control and prevention, office on smoking and health, 2004. ...Read moreSee 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
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
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