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Can the std's herpes and HPV cause lung cancer? Violent coughing and blood in sputum. What's going on? Please help with suggestions.

Can the std's herpes and HPV cause lung cancer? Violent coughing and blood in sputum. What's going on? Please help with suggestions.

Chest X-ray: Neither is associated with lung cancer. Multiple possibilities. Go see your primary care, will likely require further evaluation with chest x-ray. Take care of yourself, and if you're a smoker - quit, that can certainly be a cause. ...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 have health anxiety. Had dry cough for 12wks. Had 3chest xrays. All clear. Plumbary specialist not concerned about lung cancer. Believe her? Worried

I have health anxiety. Had dry cough for 12wks. Had 3chest xrays. All clear. Plumbary specialist not concerned about lung cancer. Believe her? Worried

You NEED to stop: Worrying. It will stress you out more. Get a second opinion if you are still not convinced.Cough is all good, it is protective and a defense mechanism against aspirations. Take proper medications for whatever is causing the cough.Need more history and you need to be examined. Colds and allergies are very common causes for lingering coughing spells. Take charge for better quality of life. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for a week or so. Dry and wet cough about 12x a day. Could this be lung cancer? I had a clear chest X-ray in july. 36yo smoker.

I've had a cough for a week or so. Dry and wet cough about  12x a day. Could this be lung cancer? I had a clear chest X-ray in july.  36yo smoker.

Probably not.: Smokers often have chronic bronchitis which may progress to copd. Could also be infection. Cancer not very likely in your age group but not impossible. Cxr doesn't show all cancers. Why don't you just stop smoking? ...Read more

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Had a clear chest xray in December and that's all 2 different doctors would do, scared that I have lung cancer but no cough. Is it likely?

Had a clear chest xray in December and that's all 2 different doctors would do, scared that I have lung cancer but no cough. Is it likely?

Anxiety: You are a 32 y.o. man with no history of smoking and no pulmonary history whose only medical history is generalized anxiety disorder. Based on what you have told us, it is more likely this is part of your anxiety. Repeated ionizing radiation such as unnecessary chest x-rays is not without its own risk. hypochondria or M√ľnchausen may be at play here. Discuss with your therapist. ...Read more

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25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, I have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?

25 yr old, 9 year smoking history, bloody boogers and when make myself cough or clear throat, I have isolated blood streak lung cancer? ?

Probably not....: Blood-tinged sputum is typically caused by bronchitis, which is an infection in the lung airways. You could also have post-nasal drip and the blood is from the nose or sinuses. You need to quit smoking ASAP as this is contributing to inflammation in the airways which predisposes you to acute bronchitis. See your doctor for diagnosis/treatment and to help you quit smoking! ...Read more

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Driving myself crazy with lung cancer fear age 33 smoker, gp says lungs are clear, slight back/shoulder pain & an on/off cough for months gp says sinus?

Driving myself crazy with lung cancer fear age 33 smoker, gp says lungs are clear, slight back/shoulder pain & an on/off cough for months gp says sinus?

Cancer phobia: If your had bone pain from metastatic cancer, this would show up on your x-rays. You also realize that you're young to have lung cancer, and that your cough is very likely due to your smoking unless your physician has found another cause such as a tendency to asthma. This would be a great time to stop smoking because the next scare may be real & get with your physician about dealing with fear. ...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