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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

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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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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I'm 16 years old boy i have smoked about 1 a week for 6 months now. Can I get a lung cancer?

I'm 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 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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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 every day 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 every day 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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I am 16 years old and smoke weed could I get lung cancer ? I get pains where my ribs are on the left side

I am 16 years old and smoke weed could I get lung cancer ? I get pains where my ribs are on the left side

Eventually/not now: Smoking anything like weed or cigarettes throws a bunch of irritants into the sensitive lung tissue and over a a couple decades this may trigger cancer. Any pain you have at your age is likely infection or inflammation from something else. ...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 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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I'm 16 y old I smoked e cig 7 months from My friends almost every day inhaled deep i haave quit But I fear lung cancer so much. Tired of this anxiety?

I'm 16 y old I smoked e cig 7 months from My friends almost every day 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 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 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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Should i be concerned if my 83 year old granmother was just diagnosed with lung cancer.?

Should i be concerned if my 83 year old granmother was just diagnosed with lung cancer.?

Yes: I'm sure you've had her to her physician he's the one who can give you the answers you ask based on his findings 7 how extensive the disease is/. ...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?

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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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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Odds of lung cancer in 28 year old male. Never smoked regularly, occasionally socially <100 total cigarettes.?

Low: The odds of you developing a lung cancer after this low quantity of cigarette is very low. If you are losing weight, coughing spitting up blood see you doctor if you are fine and just worried I would relax the probability is very low ...Read more

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How likely is it for a 20-year old female smoker of 4 years to develop lung cancer? Immediately and later in life.

Unknown: There is virtually no chance that a 20-year old who has smoked for 4 years has lung cancer. The longer one smokes, and the more one smokes, the higher the risk of developing lung cancer, emphysema, bronchitis, and other cancers and medical illnesses associated with smoking.

Please find a way to quit! ...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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63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

63 year old man, liver, lymfnodes and lung cancer. What are chances for survival?

Can you clarify?: If lung cancer has spread to remote lymph nodes or to the liver, there won't be a cure, but the quality of life can be maintained for months or perhaps years. If these are separate cancers, arising independently, cure is unlikely but not out of the question. ...Read more

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

Might it be that 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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43 year old woman lung cancer, how long do I have to live?

43 year old woman lung cancer, how long do I have to live?

Treatment options: Are getting better, sorry for the news. You have to be strong look for all the options fight it, depending on the stage, type of the tumors, you can be a winner. If you follow the recommendation of your oncologist, if needed take a second opinion. Good Luck ...Read more

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Docs, could a 14-year old have lung cancer?

Docs, could a 14-year old have lung cancer?

Yes: Lung cancer is much more common in adults, but children may also develop lung cancer. Some forms are associated with cancer involving other organs. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of lung cancer in a 22-year old athletic male non-smoker?

What is the likelihood of lung cancer in a 22-year old athletic male non-smoker?

Risk: Lung cancer usually requires multiple "hits" to the genes in your cells before the cells become fully malignant. Statistically, this requires exposure to carcinogens, enough time to increase the odds, and still some bad luck. Reducing risk factors by eliminating smoking and other exposures (asbestos, radiation, etc.) are good habits to start when you are younger. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 13-year old that has been smoking for two years to develop lung cancer?

Is it possible for a 13-year old that has been smoking for two years to develop lung cancer?

Probably not.: This would be exceedingly rare, as most lung cancer occurs in older adults with significant (i.e. Decades-long) smoking history. There would likely be a significant familial component to lung cancer that develops in a 13-year-old, regardless of whether they smoke(d) or not. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a healthy, non-smoker(quit 5 years ago), 36 year old, caucasian, male, no family history of cancer getting lung cancer?

What are the chances of a healthy, non-smoker(quit 5 years ago), 36 year old, caucasian, male, no family history of cancer getting lung cancer?

Low: Need more info. It is more common in heavy sm9ker abovevage of 50. It is not impossible though to have lung cancer at young age but I would rule out more common problems such an infection etc. It also depends on the duration and the quantity of smoking. In any way, I would recommend to followup with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hey. I smoked for 1 year can I develope lung cancer in my age? I'm 18 years old and worried, my self to blame. Can I test my lungs to calm down?

Hey. I smoked for 1 year can I develope lung cancer in my age? I'm 18 years old and worried, my self to blame. Can I test my lungs to calm down?

No test: Lung cancer generally develops over numerous years. It is unlikely for you to develop lung cancer in short term. Having smoked does increase risk over longterm. There is no indicated screening test for your age and extent of exposure. Stopping, and stopping young will allow your increased risk for both lung and other diseases to decrease. http://goo.gl/q3itr. ...Read more

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My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

My uncle has been identified with non small cell lung cancer and it is metastases (4th stage). He is just 48 year old. Is there any cure?

Most time no cure fo: I am so sorry to hear this bad news. I have several patients who were diagnosed stage 4 lung cancer in their 40s, althought most our patients are 60-80s. In aptients with lung cancer who are young or never smoked, the likelihood of having a particularly gene mutation is high, so it is critical to have the patient's gene checked. If certain gene mutation idenfied, a tailored tgerapy can be given. ...Read more

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Odds of lung cancer in 28 year old male. Never smoked regularly, used to smoke occasionally socially <100 total cigarettes? 4+ years with no smoking.

Congrats: Although even a single cigarette can impact the lung tissue, you are not at higher risk to develop lung cancer with just 100 cigarettes. The trick is to avoid the temptation given how addicting cigarettes can be. ...Read more

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25 yr old male, 9 year smoking history, quit 2 mnths ago. Gums bleed spontaneously, if it were lung cancer causing this, wouldn't I have more symptom?

25 yr old male, 9 year smoking history, quit 2 mnths ago.  Gums bleed spontaneously, if it were lung cancer causing this, wouldn't I have more symptom?

Doubt Lung Ca: Bleeding gums is not necessarily a symptom of Lung cancer. The Best thing you did to prevent lung cancer form occurring when you are older though, is stopping to smoke! See the dentist if your gingivitis persists. ...Read more

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Generally, how long would stage II lung cancer take to metastasize in a 70-year-old woman?

Generally, how long would stage II lung cancer take to metastasize in a 70-year-old woman?

No telling: You are asking how long it will take metastases to appear if you were diagnosed with stage ii and treated with the hope of cure. I can tell you that if you are disease-free in 5 years, you probably have a cure. I am also assuming this is non-small-cell carcinoma. I hope that rather than calculate odds, you will cherish each day, and resolve to live fully whether you have much or little time. ...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