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Can rib pain be a sings of lung cancer?

Can rib pain be a sings of lung cancer?

Sometimes: Unfortunately, early lung cancer is often asymptomatic. The following link may assist you in the possible symptoms: http://goo. Gl/vvhhy. ...Read more

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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25 yr old intermittent fleeting. Rib pain common. For only symptom for. Lung. Cancer, oris. It.advanced disease symptom. 9 yr history quit mnth ago?

25 yr old intermittent fleeting. Rib pain common. For only symptom for. Lung. Cancer, oris. It.advanced disease symptom. 9 yr history quit mnth ago?

Rib pain: For you age - lung cancer would be rare.
Chest muscle spasm could give you the fleeting pain. If you strain your chest muscles you can have similar pains. A chest x-ray and evaluation with your doctor is advised. ...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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Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Does lung cancer cause intermittent fleeting rib pain, or would this be advanced disease?? 25, doc says lungs sound clear, 9 -yr pack hstry

Non-specific: Fleeting chest pains are not specific for lung cancer. It could be caused by a host of other benign reasons like muscle pain, rib pain from strain or inflammation. Pneumonia or pleurisy can also cause it. If you are worried about lung cancer and you are a smoker, check with your doctor about a screening CAT scan of the chest. If it is negative, time to stop smoking! ...Read more

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I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: Do you have asthma? Are you over-weight? It would be prudent to consult a doctor as your symptoms warrant a more detailed history, physical examination and may be some tests. If you are over-weight, try losing some weight. (easier said than done). ...Read more

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I am 16 years old and smoke weed could I get lung cancer? I get pains where my ribs are on the left side

I am 16 years old and smoke weed could I get lung cancer? I get pains where my ribs are on the left side

Eventually/not now: Smoking anything like weed or cigarettes throws a bunch of irritants into the sensitive lung tissue and over a a couple decades this may trigger cancer. Any pain you have at your age is likely infection or inflammation from something else. ...Read more

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I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

Not lung cancer.: Chest pains with a cold are very common. It could be as simple as rib pain from coughing too much, or more complex if the cold progressed to become a pneumonia lung infection. If you have a persistent fever or if you're not getting better very soon, then you should see your doctor for a check up to make sure everything is OK. ...Read more

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pain under my left rib every now and then and it's painful and this morning I moved to get out of bed and sharp pain on left side is it lung cancer?

No, it sounds: Like intermittent rib pain or costochondritis, pain where you ribs meet your breastbone. It does not sound at all like cancer. Try some ibuprofen for pain and see how you do. See a Dr. If its not better in a week. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer cause a palpable lymph node on the rib cage (specifically lower left rib cage)?

Can lung cancer cause a palpable lymph node on the rib cage (specifically lower left rib cage)?

Not a lymph node: There are no lymph nodes at the location you describe, so what you are referring to may be a soft tissue mass like lipoma lung cancer can spread to lymph nodes inside the chest or to those above the clavicle (collarbone) or in the armpit ...Read more

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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?

Could be: You describe "pleuritic pain". Could be due to infection or recurrent/metastatic cancer. You should see your doctor. You need a chest x-ray at a minimum. ...Read more

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Mom has right lung cancer it's the slow cancer she also has a spot on her lower spine right hip and a rib on the right side. Plz life exp

Mom has right lung cancer it's the slow cancer she also has a spot on her lower spine right hip and a rib on the right side. Plz life exp

Your question has: Conflicting info. Lung ca, 'slow kind', is broncheoalveolar, a non-invasive surface spreading tumor. If it invades, it's not slow; if it goes to bones, for sure it's not slow. Prognosis requires clarification of provided info, multifocal bone scan + carries a poor prognosis. ...Read more

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Might it be lung cancer if I had a CT scan done of the chest and it showed 4 small nodules and now I have pain under rib cage?

Might it be lung cancer if I had a CT scan done of the chest and it showed 4 small nodules and now I have pain under rib cage?

Unlikely: Though it is possible for lung cancer to cause pain in the wall of the chest, this usually happens when tumors are larger. The nodules you have will need followed with additional ct scans or biopsied/removed depending on size and your risk for lung cancer. However, it's unlikely for small nodules to be the cause of your pain. Check with your pcp or see a lung doc about the nodules. ...Read more

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Chest CT clr in jan, chest pain on touch in ribs symtricly opposite ~4mnths, back pain with bending neck frwrd~10mnths smoker, lung cancer?

Chest CT clr in jan, chest pain on touch in ribs symtricly opposite ~4mnths, back pain with bending neck frwrd~10mnths smoker, lung cancer?

Neck/back pain: Lung cancer is unlikely. The symptoms are more likely due to muscle/tendon strain or a disc herniation in the neck or mid back area. Smoking dries out the tissues and can accelerate arthritis. Smoking slows healing from muscle strains and tears too. See a neurosurgeon to evaluate the pain and see your medical doctor to work on a program to quit smoking. ...Read more

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Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 nonsmall cell lung cancer, metastisized to rib, omentom, lymph nodes, spine and heart lining...How much time?

Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 nonsmall cell lung cancer, metastisized to rib, omentom, lymph nodes, spine and heart lining...How much time?

Not much: Few weeks, couple of months at the most. Get her in hospice and finalize her stuff - will, papers, goodbyes to family and loved ones etc. Sorry and good luck! ...Read more

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How accurate are chest xrays for finding lung cancer?

How accurate are chest xrays for finding lung cancer?

Not very: Chest xrays are not regarded as good lung cancer screening tools. Ct-scan, while imperfect, is currently the best demonstrated screening tool for lung cancer. A proper protocol chest ct will use about the same radiation as a mammogram.
http://goo. Gl/b69an. ...Read more

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I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

No: This is overwhelmingly likely to be musculoskeletal pain. If you are smoking, however, you need to stop. It will do you nothing but harm. See your doctor if you have further concerns or want advice on smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

Is chest XR best test for how you dealing with lung cancer?

No: Cxr is not very sensitive. The best test for screening is low dose ct scan. Best staging tests are ct scan and pet scan. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pressure on chest from lung cancer tumors?

See your doctor: Symptomatic treatment of lung cancer is centered on pain and symptom control. If you have chest pressure from cancer, initial treatment is medical, followed by radiation and/or chemotherapy. Surgery usually has little to do with this. ...Read more

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My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

My chest feels heavy and hard to breathe, do I have lung cancer? Not a smoker.

Unlikely: At age 19, non-smoker, no other risk factors, extremely unlikely. It would be best to be evaluated by your primary care physician. A comprehensive medical history, family history, social history and thorough physical exam may get you an answer or at least will get you in correct direction. Be well. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Very low risk: Risk of cancer is very low. There may be other causes of cough, e.g. bronchitis. If the cough persists for more than two weeks it would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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?

MGT: 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

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29 yr old w/ 6-7 pack years smoking (quit 1month ago). Had mild but persistent 1-sided chest sensation 1 month (feels more like internal tickle/itch than pain). No other symptoms. Lung cancer likely?

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29 yr old w/ 6-7 pack years smoking (quit 1month ago). Had mild but persistent 1-sided chest sensation 1 month (feels more like internal tickle/itch than pain). No other symptoms. Lung cancer likely?

Not likely: But if you want to make sure, you should go see a doctor. More importantly, you may want to stop smoking. That will be a good step to reduce your chance of getting lung cancer in the future. Who wants to be worried about lung cancer every time there is a chest sensation? You are only 29 years old. You have lots of years left to worry. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer that's spread to chest be cured?

Can lung cancer that's spread to chest be cured?

Depends: Lung cancer can go from localized (stage 1) to wide- spread (stage iv). If it goes from involving one lobe only, to more than one lobe, the lymph nodes in the chest, the other lung, the chest wall, or the other structures in the chest, the chances of cure drop significantly. Lung cancer is best treated when it is found early, and the most successful treatment is surgery. ...Read more

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Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

I doubt it: Lung cancer is always worrisome. I would not jump to conclusions. If you smoke, your chances of cancer are greater than those who do not. If you do not smoke, then the pain can have many different causes. If worried get cxr. Lung cancer does not cause pain and even end stage people rarely complain of pain, rather sob or hematemesis. You could have simply strained the chest muscles. Fear not. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between lung cancer and thoracic or chest cancer?

Is there a connection between lung cancer and thoracic or chest cancer?

HERE IT IS: 1st: nothing such as thoracic or chest cancer. Both are anatomical descriptions of the area above the diaphgram. There are many cancers that can occur in this area ei: esophageal, lung, lymphoma and thymoma to name a few. So the only correlation is that lung cancer occurs and is found in the thoracic/chest area. ...Read more

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I am 20 used to smoke a lot now having chest and back pains could it be lung cancer?

I am 20 used to smoke a lot now having chest and back pains could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: "from 2006-2010, the median age at death for cancer of the lung and bronchus was 72 years of age. Approximately 0.0% died under age 20; 0.1% between 20 and 34; 1.1% between 35 and 44; 7.8% between 45 and 54; 19.6% between 55 and 64; 30.5% between 65 and 74; 30.1% between 75 and 84; and 10.8% 85+ years of age" http://goo. Gl/5mixx
risk decreases with time. Http://goo. Gl/vd4ue. ...Read more

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My chest occasionally hurts. I was just coughing cause water went down the wrong way. And it was hurting real bad. Is this a sign of lung cancer?

Chest pain: This is not a sign of lung cancer.
Violent cough can cause chest wall bruising and pain. The pain usually fades away with time (days to few weeks) ...Read more

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I'm 16 I had my 1st cigarette 2 years ago. For around 6 months I smoked a lot. What are the chances of me having lung cancer? I get slight chest pains

I'm 16 I had my 1st cigarette 2 years ago. For around 6 months I smoked a lot. What are the chances of me having lung cancer? I get slight chest pains

Quit Now: Very few things you do in your whole life will benefit you more than quitting smoking. This includes cigarettes, cigars, joints snuff, chewing tobacco and vaping. You will enjoy better health and over time will be able to buy several new cars with the money you save. You haven't smoked long enough yet to seriously worry about lung cancer, but if you don't quit you'll be there soon enough. ...Read more

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Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Lower chest pain with pnemonia is sign of lung cancer?

Not necessarily: You can get chest pain from pleurisy associated with the pneumonia. That would be the most common cause for chest pain, together with muscle sprain from coughing. Of course, if you are concerned about cancer, get checked! ...Read more

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When lung cancer causes a chest ache is it usually persistent or intermittent ache?

When lung cancer causes a chest ache is it usually persistent or intermittent ache?

Chest pain not: Usual lung cancer finding. Cancer related pain moves in and doesn't go away. Pain when one beathes in and out is called 'pleuritic pain' - many associated causes, cancer lower on the list. ...Read more

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If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

If I have chest pain and my X-ray was clear do I need to worry about lung cancer why would a tumor not show?

Many causes of Pain: Pain in the chest can be caused by many different reasons. Lung cancer can be one of these but it will often produce other symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath. If a chest X-ray is normal then you are not likely to have any tumor in your lungs. Other reasons to exclude is Angina (although it is a disease of the older people) or muscular pain (this is the most likely reason). Such pains go ...Read more

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If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

If your having chest pain and worried about lung cancer wouldn't the tumor be big enough to show on a X-ray if having pain?

NO: The size may influence pain; however, the pleura sac around the lungs has multiple nerve endings. Size is not necessarily the issue. ...Read more

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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

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