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Lung Cancer Coughing Up Mucus
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
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
I am 36 have a chronic cough with mucus. I gave up smoking several months ago and am terrified about why it hasn't 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
Metallic/blood taste when I cough but no blood or mucus I have reflux that goes up to throat. Clear cxr in july. 36yo smoker. Cld this b 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
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?
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
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?
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
If my cough is getting better but still there after 3 weeks, should I still be worried about lung cancer?
Need medical eval.: Yes you need to seek the origin of the problem. See your MD ...Read more
Pain in upper right back. Slight cough for 2 months. 2 xrays and bloods. All fine. Highly anxious now. Could I have lung cancer.?
Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?
Essentially zero: Although there is some data suggesting that lung cancer occurs at a bit younger age in never-smokers compared with smokers, in the absence of (for instance) immune system deficiency or underlying lung disease or the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body which could spread to the lungs, the likelihood of lung cancer at age 21 in an otherwise healthy non-smoker is virtually zero. ...Read more
I'm 25 and am concerned about lung cancer because I am having chest discomfort, small cough. I've never smoked and haven't been exposed to it either.
So scared have something like lung cancer, had cough for 7 weeks after cold, not easing. Dr said chest and breathing ok and no other worrying symptom?
Your risk for lung cancer involves a number of factors including your smoking history, chest imaging findings, and genetic predisposition.
If you are experiencing a prolonged cough, a pulmonary function test and chest radiograph may help to determine the next steps. If your chest is clear on exam the likelihood of bronchitis or pneumonia is less. A virtual in box consult can also be arranged. ...Read more
About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers. Among never-smokers aged 40 to 79 years lung cancer ranged from 14.4 to 20.8 per 100, 000 person-years in women and 4.8 to 13.7 per 100, 000 person-years in men.
Irrespective of the national rate, persistent cough should be evaluated asap to prevent further damage. ...Read more
Lung cancer: Not necessarily.Get a more detailed answer ›
Three weeks ago I got a cold My cough never went away but turned into a dry cough now its wet again I had a clear chest stay lung cancer?
Had paid and dry cough in rt lung for 2.5 months. Had xrays & bloods done. All ok. Lft to be done in october. Could I have lung cancer. Very worried?
Not likely: If you have a normal chest x-ray, then you are not likely to have lung cancer, at least not an obvious tumor which could explain your persistent cough. Yet if you cough persists, you need an ongoing medical evaluation and treatment to control it. Sometimes it can be a symptom of asthma or acid reflux. So go see your doctor again till the cause has been found and treated. ...Read more
Have acute pain in right side rib area that is moe intense with deep breaths and cough. 5th year right sided lung cancer servivor and recent lung inf?
If someone has lung cancer, would standard over-the-counter chesty cough medicine ease their coughing?
It may: The cause of the cough also might not be the lung cancer. My hope is that the patient can find relief. If the diagnosis is uncertain, don't make any assumptions. A treatable cause, especially if the person is a smoker, might be identifiable. Even if this is not a treatable lung cancer, palliative care may find a way to help. ...Read more
Slight dry cough 3 months & up right back pain. 3 clear xrays, bloods and lft. All normal. Really worried it could be lung cancer.
Probably okay: If you are a non-smoker and cxray okay. Next step is ct lung if concern persists. ...Read more
I having yellow cough and back pain scince 6 month so im dopting it maybe have lung cancer so can u plese tell me symptom of lung cancer?
Unlikely: But you should have a work up, starting with a visit to the doctor and a chest x-ray. ...Read more
I've been losing weight, even though I've been eating A LOT. I've had a cough for about a month now. It hurts to breathe normally. Lung cancer?
I recently started smokin 7 months ago. I've been having this cough and now some chest pain when taking a deep breath. Im18 can it be lung cancer??
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
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