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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.

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.

Uncommon but possibl: The cancers come after exposure. Sometimes years later. Kids get bronchitis, pneumonia, hoarseness and develop lung and vascular trauma that's a preamble to the worse diseases. ...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 have a family history, mother and sister who died of lung cancer. I am a former smoker-15 years ago. Should I be screened?

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 more

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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!

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 more

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Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Why don't all smokers get lung cancer?

Multiple factors: Nonsmokers as well as smokers can develop lung cancer, a disorder that involves genetic and other factors. Smoking is a major contributing cause but other mechanisms come into play such a genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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How can a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

How can  a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Breathless: Frequently pulmonary obstructive symptoms, just cannot breathe, or pneumonia, and fever and sepsis, or metastatic disease in a critical area- brain for example, or the chest fills with fluid, one can break alone- hip and fall due to metastasis. ...Read more

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How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

How long can a smoker live with lung cancer?

See a doctor: If you have lung cancer you should see a board certified thoracic surgeon and/or medical oncologist to discuss therapeutic options based on the clinical stage of the cancer. ...Read more

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How come some smokers don't get lung cancer?

How come some smokers don't get lung cancer?

Not fully know: Not fully know, possibly genetics. Importantly, smoking is the primary risk factor for causing 90% of lung cancer. Though it is clear that some people who smoke their whole lives never develop lung cancer, quitting smoking remains the most important aspect of lung cancer prevention and should be strongly encouraged. ...Read more

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What are the chances of smoker surviving lung cancer?

What are the chances of smoker surviving  lung cancer?

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 more

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Interested to know how does a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Interested to know how does a smoker die from "lung cancer"?

Very sad.: Usually an overwhelming pneumonia. The person becomes very short of breath. Usually bed ridden, pneumonia and respiratory failure. Other patients may have a brain metastasis that bleeds or grows too much, other times it spreads to the spine, the liver. If the liver metastasis grow liver failure may occur. Sometimes tumor grows to esophagus obstructs and aspiration. Pulmonary emboli, heart attack. ...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