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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)

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