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If a person had lung cancer, how long after shortness of breath symptoms appeared would you expect them to start getting sick?

If a person had lung cancer, how long after shortness of breath symptoms appeared would you expect them to start getting sick?

Variable: Lung cancer comes in many forms -- by that I mean virulence, histologic type and varied involvement. An individual can be asymptomatic for a very long time with long cancer, because we have 2 lungs and quite a lot of redundancy. A lot of the lung would have to be compromised to start feeling short of breath; and the power of denial is also pretty strong. ...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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Never have enough air in my lungs to take a real deep breath. Could this be COPD or lung cancer?

Never have enough air in my lungs to take a real deep breath. Could this be COPD or lung cancer?

Deep breath: Not likely. However, if this is a persistent problem, you should have a chest x-ray to start and see your physician. ...Read more

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If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

If a person had lung cancer, they couldn't feel the tumor when they take deep breaths, could they?

Usually not: Most lung cancers start in the interior tissue of the lung where there are no pain nerves. If the tumor, or its metastases, involve the outer lining of the lung(where there are pain nerves) , one can then feel pain on breathing. Other medical problems (like pleurisy) can also cause pain on breathing ...Read more

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I have on and off shallow breathing and difficulty catching my breath. My mum died of lung cancer, should I be worried?

I have on and off shallow breathing and difficulty catching my breath. My mum died of lung cancer, should I be worried?

SOB Lung CA?: M of unknown age or smoking history. Notes: I have on and off shallow breathing and difficulty catching my breath. My mum died of lung cancer, should I be worried? ANS: very unlikely breathing issues are related to CA lung. if they are I recommend you not start any long books as the disease is very advanced. Assuming your grew up with smoking mother U R at increased risk. If U smoke Stop Now! ...Read more

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If there is no symptoms of lung cancer should I be worried just because hard to take breath I do have ankylosis spondylitis. ?

If there is no symptoms of lung cancer should I be worried just because hard to take breath I do have ankylosis spondylitis. ?

Did you use tobacco?: If you did not smoke, you need not worry. The ankylosis of spinal joints may be interfering with breathing. ...Read more

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Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Not likely: even with the early smoking the chance of lung cancer is unlikely. As you have some respiratory damage I would suggest you stop smoking and your physician can help you to do this. ...Read more

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Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Can the average person breath enough air pollution to give them lung cancer in their lifetime?

Possible: Depending on genetic predisposition, it is possible for a person to get lung cancer from breathing polluted air. The risk is even higher if the pollution has radioactivity, such as radon gas. About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers. ...Read more

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I have been having sharp pains in my right collar bone area all day today. The pain come on when I breath deep. Do I have lung cancer?

I have been having sharp pains in my right collar bone area all day today. The pain come on when I breath deep. Do I have lung cancer?

Probably Not: Lung cancer is unusual is someone your age. The pains may be musculoskeletal, but could be related to other problems with the lungs, such as a pneumothorax (collapsed lung). If the pain continues to worsen or doesn't go away with over the counter pain medicine then you should see a doctor for an examination. ...Read more

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30 yr old female. Shortness of breath & slight pain when breathing deeply. Former light smoker (5years, 18-23) and 2 chest CTs. Is it lung cancer?

30 yr old female. Shortness of breath & slight pain when breathing deeply. Former light smoker (5years, 18-23) and 2 chest CTs. Is it lung cancer?

Unlikely: From what you described, it is unlikely that you have lung cancer. However, it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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What kinda lung dieses cause shortness of breath besides lung cancer. No other sytoms but shortness of and some chest pain can this be inflammtion?

Sure: Many lung conditions can cause shortness of breath, for example asthma, reactive airway disease, bronchitis, various respiratory infections, pneumonia, etc. At your age, inflammation and a possible viral or bacterial infection would be statistically most likely, nut get an evaluation to be safe and properly diagnosed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I've been having crepitus in my lung, chest pain, and shortness of breath; I'm 16 and fear its lung cancer?

I've been having crepitus in my lung, chest pain, and shortness of breath; I'm 16 and fear its lung cancer?

Breathing Problem: Lung Cancer is incredibly rare in 16 year olds. That said, you should see your doctor for evaluation of your respiratory symptoms. ...Read more

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They found some lung nodules in dec just really scared i also have chest pain and shortness of breath sometimes im scared of lung cancer.

You mention in: The profile, you have copd. Do you still smoke? The size of the nodules are important, as whether they have calcification. Ultimately, you may need a biopsy. That will determine cancer or not. ...Read more

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I can't go to a hospital cuz i'm saving for next year's tuition. Do I have lung cancer? I have shortness of breath and have had a cough for 3 months.

I can't go to a hospital cuz i'm saving for next year's tuition. Do I have lung cancer? I have shortness of breath and have had a cough for 3 months.

Depends: Do you smoke? Have you seen your primary physician? Have you gone to a quik med for a chest x-ray? You are worried about tuition? Won't help if you are not around. See somebody. ...Read more

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Can shortness of breath be the only symptom of lung cancer...had clear chest xray and 2 negative d dimers (all 3 in December)...scared!

Can shortness of breath be the only symptom of lung cancer...had clear chest xray and 2 negative d dimers (all 3 in December)...scared!

More info needed: Shortness of breath can have many causes, including heart disease,lung disease, clot in the lung, and anemia. it does not necessarily indicate lung cancer. Your doctor can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Chances of lung cancer?-shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath(left side)

Chances of lung cancer?-shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath(left side)

Average: What you are describing does not raise specific concern for lung cancer and points more to chest wall irritation which can be from muscle strain, sometimes viral infection or exposure to inhaled irritants. Smoking is the major risk factor for lung cancer, and anyone over the age of 55 who has been smoking for at least 30 years (varies by amount) benefits from routine lung cancer screening ...Read more

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I have back pain around my shoulder blade and have slight shortness of breath. I'm a 36 year old occasional smoker. Could I have lung cancer?

Certainly is a: possibility but there are also a number of other things that could give you these symptoms that are much less serious. The only way to know for certain is to have a health care professional evaluate you. Make an appointment today to get checked out. ...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


Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more