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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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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'm a smoker for 15 years I'm 30 years old I have upper back pain on my shoulder blades and neck pain can it be lung cancer ?

I'm a smoker for 15 years I'm 30 years old I have upper back pain on my shoulder blades and neck pain can it be lung cancer ?

Sounds muscular, but: I would still see your PCP to discuss cancer screening possibilities, have a full physical, and discuss smoking cessation options. The sooner you quit, the lower your chances of cancer, and the more likely your lungs will return to pre-smoking health! Good luck ...Read more

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Have upper back and rt shoulder pain, gets better with rest and massage, pains on touch. Chest CT w/o contrast normal, can this be lung cancer?

Have upper back and rt shoulder pain, gets better with rest and massage, pains on touch. Chest CT w/o contrast normal, can this be lung cancer?

Likely not cancer: In a 31 year old with shoulder pain, lung cancer is extremely unlikely. If it gets progressively worse over the next 2 weeks see your pcp. Still not likely to be cancer but it can be something your pcp can help you with. ...Read more

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Pain in upper back with painful spots to touch b/w shoulder blades and spine, 1.5 months, chest CT normal. Am a smoker, can this be lung cancer

I doubt: With the normal chest ct, I do not think that it is lung cancer. Obviously, i strongly recommend you to quit smoking to decrease your risk from getting lung cancer in the future. Painful areas on your upper back could be caused by muskulo skeletal problems- such as arthritis, inflammation on the joint , soft tissue, disk, muscle problems etc. D/w your md further. Blood work, x-ray can be helpful. ...Read more

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Am loosing wt(5 kg in 3mnths) have upper back and shoulder pain 2 mnths which gets better with massage and rest, pains on touch. Chest CT is normal, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Am loosing wt(5 kg in 3mnths) have upper back and shoulder pain 2 mnths which gets better with massage and rest, pains on touch. Chest CT is normal, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Stop smoking: Pain that improves with massage and rest is not the most usual presentation of lung cancer; and your ct resulted normal. If you are legitimately worried about cancer, you should stop smoking. The presence of those symptoms do not (per se) rule out the possibility of cancer anyway. Consult your dr, and stop smoking using any method. Good luck. ...Read more

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Iam 34 old woman i smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

Iam 34 old woman i smoke, have ache in upper back pain in shoulder down to 
elbow and sometimes to hand do you think its lung cancer?

It's possible: You should be seen by a health care professional, get interviewed, examined, and possibly have a chest x-ray. Lung cancer is rare at your age, but can occur. You should stop smoking. Please get professional help if you are unable to do it on your own. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, pains on touch and when i bend my neck forward, pain in shoulder too, chest CT clear, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Upper back pain, pains on touch and when i bend my neck forward, pain in shoulder too, chest CT clear, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

Not likely: Not likely lung cancer. Sounds like muscle-skeletal pain, ie muscle sprain. If it persists for a few weeks then it warrants a doctor visit. Your ct scan is normal so this is less likely lung cancer. Lung cancer doesn't make you hurt upon touch. Smokers have a 20 fold risk of getting lung cancer. But that risk goes down significantly if they quit for about 5 years. ...Read more

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Slight pressure in chest. blood in saliva. blood on back of tongue left side. quit smoking 3 years ago. worried it may be lung cancer.

Slight pressure in chest. blood in saliva. blood on back of tongue left side. quit smoking 3 years ago. worried it may be lung cancer.

Blood in saliva: and in mouth indicates the need for you to see your doc for diagnosis. Please don't self-diagnose. There are a number of possibilities. Congrats on quitting smoking. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can pain on lowest part of shoulder blades be lung cancer? Both right and left side dull ache

Can pain on lowest part of shoulder blades be lung cancer? Both right and left side dull ache

Highly unlikely: at your age to have lung cancer. Also lung cancer would not usually present with bilateral shoulder blade pain. Most likely the pain is of musculoskeletal origin. Best to see your doctor for an evaluation and discussion of your concerns. ...Read more

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I have off on chest pain for 3 months. I am 38 years old female. I have in last 2 weeks I have lost 4kg.in last two weeks my upper back is hurting me badly and today coughing.lung cancer?? ex smoker

I have off on  chest pain for 3 months. I am 38 years old female. I have in last 2 weeks I have lost 4kg.in last two weeks my upper back is hurting me badly and today coughing.lung cancer?? ex smoker

Chest X-Ray. : People your age (38) do get lung cancer, although it is unusual. But your symptoms are concerning for other things, including pneumonia or infection. With sudden weight loss, cough, and upper back pain, you need to see a doctor for an examination. Soon. Your doctor will probably order a chest X-ray. Don't let fear of cancer keep you from going in! Let us know what your doctor says. Feel better! ...Read more

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chronic spasm in upper back , neck, tension or whatever..but diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010 with same issue can this be that again?

 chronic spasm in upper back , neck, tension or whatever..but diagnosed with lung cancer  in 2010 with same issue   can this be that again?

NEED MORE INFORMATIO: May be or may be not. Depends on the diagnosis of cause of spasm in 2010. How was the spasm in 2010 resolved? What did the doctor say in 2010 as the cause of spasm? Any x-ray done in 2010 or now? Any injury in 2010 or now? What is the status of lung cancer now -any surgery, any metastases. Where is the exact location of lung cancer - right or left, upper, middle or lower fields? ...Read more

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Hey. I am 18 years old. Smoker since 2 years back. I want to stop, but its hard with all the pressure from my friends. Can i develope lung cancer?

Hey. I am 18 years old. Smoker since 2 years back. I want to stop, but its hard with all the pressure from my friends. Can i develope lung cancer?

Yes!: If you continue to smoke your risk of developing lung cancer proportionately increases, the risk becomes nearly 100% depending upon how long you live and continue to smoke. Quitting now will greatly reduce your risk for developing lung cancer and improve your lung function. Bad mistakes from peers should not encourage you to do the same. ...Read more

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Dull ache pain on bottom of shoulder blade but internally. Deeper that just bottom of shoulder blade? Lung cancer or what!?

Dull ache pain on bottom of shoulder blade but internally. Deeper that just bottom of shoulder blade? Lung cancer or what!?

Lung cancer unlikely: Lung cancer will be extremely rare in 26 year old female, though not entirely impossible. I suggest you see a doctor in office to get a physical exam and have your shoulder pain evaluated. If persists or disabling, may get an imaging study. ...Read more

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I have feared lung cancer for over a year now due to daily shoulder/rib pain right sided, is it time to stop worrying and treat my anxieties?

I have feared lung cancer for over a year now due to daily shoulder/rib pain right sided,  is it time to stop worrying and treat my anxieties?

Fear unhelpful: Age 33 is unusual for lung cancer. What you need to do is see your physician and get proper evaluation and make sure you live a healthy life. Don't smoke, don't use tobacco, don't use e-cigs or inhaled combustibles. ...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)

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 ...Read more