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What are my chances estimated of lung cancer at 22? I don't smoke or drink.But woke up with a cough and feeling of mucus in chest?

What are my chances estimated of lung cancer at 22? I don't smoke or drink.But woke up with a cough and feeling of mucus in chest?

<1% over next 30 yrs: The risk of developing lung cancer in the us by age group: http://www.Cdc.Gov/cancer/lung/statistics/age.Htm . At age 22, yours is less than 1 % over the next 30 years. It is much higher if you start smoking or work/live in an environment with great exposure to passive smoke, asbestos, mining dust, or radiation like radon. ...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 36 have a chronic cough with mucus. I gave up smoking several months ago and am terrified about why it hasnt gone and whether it is lung cancer.?

I am 36 have a chronic cough with mucus.  I gave up smoking several months ago and am terrified about why it hasnt gone and whether it is lung cancer.?

Unlikely: At 36 yr old cancer will not be the first diagnosis, glad you stopped smoking , cancer of lung is very rare at your age. See your doctor after examination he will get a chest x-ray.Most likely you have bronchitis, or even pneumonia will treat you with a course of antibiotics with cough syrup. ...Read more

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Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer ?

Haven't slept well in a few weeks, a crackling sound in lung when breathing and mucus in throat with dry cough, gets worse after I eat, lung cancer ?

Respiratory illness: It definitely sounds like you have a respiratory illness with sputum production. If you have fevers, you should definitely go in to see the doctor.Flu season is starting to arrive and it is a good time to get a flu shot and have this issue addressed by visiting your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dad has been smokin 40 years.He is always coughing and coughs up gross mucus stuff, only ever coughed up blood once. He has no teeth,etc. Lung cancer?

Dad has been smokin 40 years.He is always coughing and coughs up gross mucus stuff, only ever coughed up blood once. He has no teeth,etc. Lung cancer?

Deserves a look.: Having smoked for forty years puts him at risk at least for some lung issue, and having coughed up blood would bring up the spectre of cancer. Get him checked out right away. ...Read more

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Can yellow mucus mean lung cancer?

Can yellow mucus mean lung cancer?

Generally no: While sputum cytology can assist in diagnosis under select circumstances, sputum color and/or consistency are not demonstrated to be indicators of malignancy. ...Read more

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I have asthma and almost every day I have thick mucus So I'm worried will it lead to lung cancer in future? Even though my PFT results are not bad

I have asthma and almost every day I have thick mucus 
So I'm worried will it lead to lung cancer in future? 
Even though my PFT results are not bad

Do not worry: Asthma is not a predisposing factor for lung cancer. Do seek treatment for asthma as it has its own mortality risk without causing cancer. ...Read more

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For 2 days I have had dried blood in nose & i clear throat a few streaks of blood in mucus spit out. Clear chst X-ray 3 mth ago. Causes? Lung cancer?

For 2 days I have had dried blood in nose &  i clear throat a few streaks of blood in mucus spit out. Clear chst X-ray 3 mth ago. Causes? Lung cancer?

Probably not: The most common cause of blood in the nose and after clearing your throat would be a nose bleed. Lung cancer is exceedingly rare in 29 year olds, and this would not be a common way for it to present. ...Read more

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Lung cancer cough is it usually worse at night?

Lung cancer cough is it usually worse at night?

Not necessarily: If you have a cough that's new or won't go away you definitely should see your primary doc for an evaluation. (if you're coughing up blood, of course you'd want to be seen asap). With your age, if you have a significant smoking hx (>pack/day for 30yrs or more), you may be a candidate for screening chest ct. ...Read more

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What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

What are some things one can do to alleviate cough from lung cancer?

Not a lot: But try nasal saline twice daily to decrease nasal mucus. Humidity- humidifier in sleeping area. Narcotic cough suppressant-codeine commonly. ...Read more

Mucus (Definition)

Like material that functions to moisten and protect inner body surfaces. The viscous slippery substance that consists chiefly of mucin, water, cells, and inorganic salts and that is secreted as a protective lubricant coating by the cells and glands of the mucous membranes. The free slime of the mucous membranes, composed of secretion of the glands, various salts, ...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