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Im 16 years old boy i have smoked about 1 a week for 6 months now. can i get a lung cancer?

Im 16 years old boy i have smoked about 1 a week for 6 months now. can i get a lung cancer?

Not likely: While smoking increases your chances for lung cancer, there are also other factors at play. Smoking for 6 months is not a major risk factor, especially if you stop now. ...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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I am 16 years old and i smoked for about 2 years on and off, mostly a social smoker (have stopped) can I get lung cancer

I am 16 years old and i smoked for about 2 years on and off, mostly a social smoker (have stopped) can I get lung cancer

Yes you can but stop: Smoking socially for 2 years has likely increased your risk of getting lung cancer slightly but the most important thing is to stop forever now and your risk will decrease to little above normal. ...Read more

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What is risk of 16 years old get lung cancer. i smoked 6 months e-cig not everyday and when i smoked maybe 15-35 puffs a day. i have quit. my risk?

What is risk of 16 years old get lung cancer. i smoked 6 months e-cig not everyday and when i smoked maybe 15-35 puffs a day. i have quit. my risk?

Not elevated: Your risk of developing lung cancer is no greater than that of a person who has never smoked. This assumes, of course, that you do not take up cigarette smoking in the future. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 16-year-old to have lung cancer?

Is it possible for a 16-year-old to have lung cancer?

I have seen one case: In 35 years of practice focused on lung cancer, so it is very rare. We call cancers from their source of origin because it helps us decide how to manage the problem and what the outlook is. A "lung cancer" in an adolescent would be so outside the norm, we would not have those answers. One must be sure it is not lymphoma, germ cell tumor, or metastasis from another place. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a sixteen year old boy with lung cancer pulling through?

What are the chances of a sixteen year old boy with lung cancer pulling through?

It depends: If this is a primary lung cancer, meaning it started in the lung, it depends on the stage and type of cancer. Early (stage 1) lung cancers can be cured with surgery. At 16, a primary lung cancer would be extremely rare; a metastatic cancer (from a cancer that started somewhere else) is more likely. Some of these can be cured (testis cancer in particular), but i'm sorry to tell you most cannot. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am at risk of lung cancer at 16 years old?

How to tell if I am at risk of lung cancer at 16 years old?

Do you smoke?: If you smoke, then you are at risk for developing lung cancer at a later age. If you have a family history of lung cancer in non-smokers, or if you are exposed to wood or silica dust, asbestos, or second-hand smoke on a regular basis, you are also at risk. It's rare to develop lung cancer at age 16, but what you do at age 16 influences your later risk! ...Read more

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If 16 years old smoke 8 month electronic cigarets (very small amounts per day) and then quit. do he have higher lung cancer risk than no smoker?

If 16 years old smoke 8 month electronic cigarets (very small amounts per day) and then quit. do he have higher lung cancer risk than no smoker?

No data available: These products have not been available long enough,or studied well enough to answer this question.This product does not contain some of the dozens of toxic materials in inhaled spoke from regular cigarettes.However, the use of the lungs as an entry point for this or any drug exposes the lung tissue to damage, if that substance can do so on a cellular level. ...Read more

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Im 16 y old i smoked e cig 7 months from My friends almost everyday inhaled deep i haave quit But i fear lung cancer so much. Tired of this anxiety?

Im 16 y old i smoked e cig 7 months from My friends almost everyday inhaled deep i haave quit But i fear lung cancer so much. Tired of this anxiety?

No worries: You are not at risk for lung cancer from this brief exposure. Although long term data about e-cig use is not yet available, none of the potentially harmful factors would cause cancer after such a short period of exposure. Congratulations on stopping and I hope you can get your friends to stop. To protect your health always eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, get plenty of sleep, exercise. ...Read more

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16yr old girl i was told i had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

16yr old girl i was told i had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

Not likely: If your doctor told you that you have bronchitis ; asthma, s/he means you have bronchitis ; asthma and not cancer. What treatment did s/he provide to you? What follow up was suggested? Mood swings is an additional problem not associated with bronchitis. It may need care also, but you need to tell your physician you're experiencing this so that you receive it. ...Read more

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What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer ? I mean is it possible at such a young age ?

What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer ? I mean is it possible at such a young age ?

Low: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 20 and 34; 1.1% between 35 and 44; 7.8% between 45 and 54; 19.6% between 55 and 64; 30.5% between 65 and 74; 30.1% between 75 and 84; and 10.8% 85+ years of age" http://goo.Gl/5mixx. ...Read more

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How possible is it for a 33 year old smoker to get lung cancer after 17 years of smoking 12 a day?

How possible is it for a 33 year old smoker to get lung cancer after 17 years of smoking 12 a day?

Bad luck: You don't need to smoke a lot to cause cancer. They asked jack nicklaus how he kept winning. "luck, " he said. "but you just beat every golfer in the world?! that's luck? " "absolutely, " answered jack, "and the more i practice, the luckier i get." smoking is like the outside of practicing. The more you smoke, the unluckier you get. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 28 year old female to get lung cancer in a smoker I smoke 10-14 smokes a day my upper back always hurts?

Is it possible for a 28 year old female to get lung cancer in a smoker I smoke 10-14 smokes a day my upper back always hurts?

Possible: But not likely. Would still suggest that you bring it up at next visit with your PCP. Make sure you are able to characterize your pain and how it relates to different circumstances. Not too late to cut down or quit smoking. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer?

Might it be that a a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer?

Yes: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 20 and 34; 1.1% between 35 and 44; 7.8% between 45 and 54; 19.6% between 55 and 64; 30.5% between 65 and 74; 30.1% between 75 and 84; and 10.8% 85+ years of age" http://goo.Gl/5mixx. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars..Can i get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars..Can i get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Don't worry: We've both been cured of TB and that's a good thing. The tiny statistical cancer risk that these old scars pose (and not everybody believe they even do) isn't something we can do anything about. You can't remove the scar, and nowadays it's not considered even worth getting radiation to look for it. Just be grateful that TB is now manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: Do you have asthma? Are you over-weight? It would be prudent to consult a doctor as your symptoms warrant a more detailed history, physical examination and may be some tests. If you are over-weight, try losing some weight. (easier said than done). ...Read more

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Is there a chance for a heavy smoker to get diagnosed with lung cancer at 30 years old ?

Is there a chance for a heavy smoker to get diagnosed with lung cancer at 30 years old ?

Yes: 30 years old is young but cigarettes have a strong link to lung cancer and it is possible. If you are concerned or have symptoms like blood in the sputum please see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you get lung cancer? If you don't smoke? Myparents smoked, but i always hated the way the stuff smelled. When i got older, i made them go outside to smoke, and i haven't been around smokers in years. Sohow could I have lung cancer?

How do you get lung cancer? If you don't smoke? Myparents smoked, but i always hated the way the stuff smelled. When i got older, i made them go outside to smoke, and i haven't been around smokers in years. Sohow could I have lung cancer?

I : I agree with dr. Leeman's answer entirely. Clearly, the most common cause of lung cancer is due to cigarette smoking. As an added piece of information, exposure to radon gas, usually by way of poorly vented basements, is one of the more likely causes of lung cancer when smoking is not a factor. You live in cook county, illinois and in general, it is listed as a county with moderate potential for levels of radon (in the range of 2-4 pci/l). You may want to have your home assessed for radon levels and if they are elevated have a reputable radon mitigation company discuss options for your home - usually a simple venting system is all that is needed. ...Read more

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I'm 22 years old and have been smoking cigarettes for 10 years...I've been around it all my life tho...Do I have a good chance to get lung cancer?

I'm 22 years old and have been smoking cigarettes for 10 years...I've been around it all my life tho...Do I have a good chance to get lung cancer?

Increased risk: http://goo.gl/kkxkn work with family physician towards comprehensive wellness. First and second hand exposure increases risk. Quitting decreases risk. There are numerous disease that smoking will increase risk. ...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?

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

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. David Cooke
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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