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At what age can you get lung cancer? Can you have it at the age of 20?

At what age can you get lung cancer? Can you have it at the age of 20?

Mainly in older peop: There is no specific age in lung cancer, yes it is possible at age 20, but extremely rare, it can happen even in people who never smoked. However the majority of lung cancer patients are in their 50s and older, and the longer the history of smoking, the higher the risk. There are multiple research projects going on to try to identify genetic/hereditary factors. ...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


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Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

Can get cancer: We know, lung cancer in "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Second hand smoke exposure is a known risk. http://goo.gl/q3itr should work with family physician to maximize overall wellness. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking cigars?

Can you get  lung cancer from smoking cigars?

Absolutely: People think that since cigar smokers rarely "inhale" smoke, that they do not have the same lung cancer risk as cigarette smokers. This thinking is not correct. Here is a study that shows the link between cigar smoking and lung cancer: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20162568 all tobacco use can be hazardous to your health; please be careful. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking nutmeg?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking nutmeg?

People smoke nutmeg?: Boy, i'm such a small town square... I have no idea what is mixed in that or if its pure but my gut answer is: neither god nor evolution (your pick) made lungs as receptacles for burnt or burning particles. I would assume any inhaled combusting substance has a myriad of toxins that will damage the lung short or long term. Don't smoke nutmeg or for that matter parsley, sage, rosemary, or thyme. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Yes: Smoke is an irritant to the lining of the lungs, causing the body to react and "defend" against the irritation and try to remove the smoke particles. Some smoke compounds are known to cause cells to become cancerous. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you smoke until you get lung cancer?

For what length of time can you smoke until you get lung cancer?

Non specific: Smokers get more lung cancer. Heavy smokers get more lung cancer, but even minimal smokers, and second hand smokers can get, and have higher occurrence of lung cancers number of packs per day, and years used increase risk. ...Read more

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I am wondering what help do you get if you get lung cancer or have a stroke?

I am wondering what help do you get if you get lung cancer or have a stroke?

?: What kind of help are you looking for? There are support groups, and services are available. ...Read more

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Could you get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

Could you get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

Yes: There are different kinds of lung cancer and some of them are not caused by smoking such as asbestos exposure. However, the vast majority of lung cancers are related to cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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Are cigarettes the only reason you get lung cancer?

Are cigarettes the only reason you get lung cancer?

Major: The majority of lung cancer is caused by smoking 80-90%, especially in men. There is growing incidence of lung cancer in never smokers (<100 total lifetime cigarettes). This may be caused by mutations in certain genes such as egfr, or unusual fusion genes such as eml4-alk. These gene mutations are often found in younger individuals, asian ethncity and never smokers. ...Read more

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Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more