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Doctor insights on: Has Anyone Ever Contracted Lung Cancer From Second Hand Smoke

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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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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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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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What are chances 18 year old as lung cancer? Never smoked but has been exposed to second hand smoke entire life ?

HIghly unlikely: Your risk at this age would be extremely low but you are still at a slightly higher risk to develop lung cancer later in life from the exposure. I would not lose sleep over it however since the risk is at best minimal. If you are concerned because of a chronic cough, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is cancer possible from second hand smoke?

Is cancer possible from second hand smoke?

Yes: If you inhale enough , the answer is yes even though the risk far lower than first-hand smoke exposure. ...Read more

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Can someone get asthma from second hand smoke?

Can someone get asthma from second hand smoke?

Second hand smoke: Second hand smoke is a significant trigger for asthma and should be avoided whenever possible. ...Read more

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What's the youngest a person or child could develop lung cancer from second hand smoking?

What's the youngest a person or child could develop lung cancer from second hand smoking?

Hard to say.: Lung cancer usually, if not always develops in people over 40 with the peak incidence between 55 and 65 years. Cases under 40 are rare regardless of cause. However the international agency for research on cancer, the U.S. Surgeon general, and many other agencies have classified secondhand smoke as a carcinogen, and many U.S. Studies showed ad increased relative risk for cancer in those exposed. ...Read more

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I've been exposed to second hand smoke.How at risk for cancer am i?

Depends on the: Exposure. Serious second-hand smoke exposure causing the potential for an increase in head/neck cancer and lung cancer (on the order of 10-20% over baseline) has been reported in people who work in bars/restaurants where smoking is permitted, and in people living in homes where there are smokers, or other regular and heavy exposure to smoke. If your exposure was limited, your risk is very small. ...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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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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How could somone tell if a child has been exposed to second hand marijuana smoking?

How could somone tell if a child has been exposed to second hand marijuana smoking?

Home urine test: You can do a home urine test or have the child's doctor check blood test, oral swab, or hair test.The hair test will test for exposure over the preceding 90 days;. ...Read more

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Can a person die from second hand smoke?

Can a person die from second hand smoke?

Yes: More than 10, 000 people die each year, in the us, from second hand smoke. ...Read more

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Smoking obviously damages the brain, but does second hand smoke have similar results?

Smoking obviously damages the brain, but does second hand smoke have similar results?

Likely: But it would depend on the total quantity of second-hand smoke exposure and one's genetic susceptibility, just like smoking itself. However the brain is not the most affected target, the lung is. ...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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I am allergic to cigarette smoke. I passed by a smoker who exhaled cigarette smoke. I inhaled that smoke.Can this smoke inhalation cause lung cancer?

I am allergic to  cigarette smoke. I passed by a smoker who exhaled cigarette smoke. I inhaled that smoke.Can this smoke inhalation cause lung cancer?

Unlikely: While second hand smoke is not good, an occasional exposure is not likely to materially change your risk for lung cancer. Please note that about 10% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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If I live under a family of smokers, am I putting my children at serious risk of cancer from second hand smoke?

If I live under a family of smokers, am I putting my children at serious risk of cancer from second hand smoke?

Yes!: Not only are you exposing them to 2nd hand smoke which is bad, but also 3rd hand smoke. The residual nicotine & other chemicals left on a variety of indoor surfaces by tobacco smoke is referred to as thirdhand smoke. The combination of this residue & common indoor pollutants creates a toxic mix of cancer-causing substances. These pose a potential health hazard to nonsmokers especially children. ...Read more

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Is it rare for someone who has never smoked to have lung cancer?

Is it rare for someone who has never smoked to have lung cancer?

No it is not rare: It is not rare and non smokers also get lung cancer but the incidence is much less than smokers but it is not rare.It is the cause of 6th most cancer deaths in us. ...Read more

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My 17 year old cousin was just diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer. We've been inhaling second-hand smoke since birth. Is this even possible?

My 17 year old cousin was just diagnosed with Small Cell Lung Cancer. We've been inhaling second-hand smoke since birth. Is this even possible?

Unfortunately: Sad, but true. We see cancers in younger and younger individuals. Delineating a clear treatment plan and adhering to it will be critical. ...Read more

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How can my friend get lung cancer without ever smoking or being around smokers?

How can my friend get lung cancer without ever smoking or being around smokers?

Not uncommon: Smokers are most common, but there are others who have genetic or inhalation issues. ...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