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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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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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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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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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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

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