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Lung Cancer Risk Former Smoker
Family history lung cancer before 50. I'm 32 former smoker. Good age for low dose CT screen? I do not fit current screening requirements. Studies say I have 80% increase lc risk, scared!
Too early to screen: Fam hx of lung cancer in a first degree relative? Less concerning if it is not. Former smoker at 32? What is your pk/yr smoking history? Risk does not increase significantly over nonsmokers until > 10 pk/yr. Smoking assoc lung cancer is very rare before 45 yoa. If lc is in first degree relative & smoking hx >10 pk/yr and very concerned discuss with your PCP and get low dose CT at 45 then every 2 y ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Lung cancer in smoking teens common? Also has any doctor seen a teen with primary lung cancer? Im 16 and a former smoker of 1 and 1\2 years.
I have a family history, mother and sister who died of lung cancer. I am a former smoker-15 years ago. Should I be screened?
Low dose helical CT: yes, it is reasonable for you to proceed with screening CT, (low dose helical CT) once a year for 3 years. currently, this is not covered by insurance. but different centers have different policies, mostly flexible to help the high-risk individuals. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If 16 years old smoke 8 month electronic cigarets (very small amounts per day) and then quit. do he have higher lung cancer risk than no smoker?
No data available: These products have not been available long enough,or studied well enough to answer this question.This product does not contain some of the dozens of toxic materials in inhaled spoke from regular cigarettes.However, the use of the lungs as an entry point for this or any drug exposes the lung tissue to damage, if that substance can do so on a cellular level. ...Read more
Is it true vitamin A & E suppl. increase the risk of cancer! I read on internet smokers used beta-carotene were 18% more likely to get lung cancer!
I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?
Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lung cancer: Cancer of any location can happen to any person. Because cigarette smoke is rich with cancer-causing agents, people who smoke are much more susceptible to getting cancer at sites affected by smoke (mouth, throat, lungs). As less people smoke, at least in the us, we're seeing more cancers in non-smokers and at a younger age. In some lung cancers, they are people with a gene mutation called egfr. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depend on the stage: Will depend on the type and the stage of cancer. However, if you continue to smoke after being diagnosed of lung cancer-not only the response to treatment will be lower than if you stop smoking, but also, you will have significant risk for recurrence or other episode of primary lung cancer and other type of cancer that related to cigarette smoking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not just cancer: While the risk may be "only" 20-30% that's actually pretty high- 1 in every 3-5 smokers. But even if you escape cancer, having chronic lung diseases happens to almost all smokers, and it's no picnic. Feeling like you're gasping for breath every waking second is a miserable existence. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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