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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!

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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


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If I've been a smoker for 5 years, what damage have I done to my lungs?

If I've been a smoker for 5 years, what damage have I done to my lungs?

Damage.: Smoking damages the lung, causing emphysema and predisposing to lung cancer. Stop now and try to minimize the damage in the long run.

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Had two lung collapses five years apart, it's been 10 years what are the chances I may have another one? Any advice besides "go see a dr".

Had two lung collapses five years apart, it's been 10 years what are the chances I may have another one? Any advice besides "go see a dr".

Depends: Published 5yr first recurrence rates for primary spontaneous pneumothorax are around 20-30+%. For secondary spontaneous pneumothorax, around 40+%. As noted, really depends on cause of your first collapsed lung (pneumothorax). If this was spontaneous (non-traumatic), you should have consultation thoracic surgeon. May benefit from further investigation and possibly vats.

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I was a light smoker for 4 years and I quit a month ago. The reason I quit was due to sharp pains in the lungs. Since then I rarely obtain it. What is it?

I was a light smoker for 4 years and I quit a month ago. The reason I quit was due to sharp pains in the lungs. Since then I rarely obtain it. What is it?

Impossible to say: With certainty what YOUR pain is, but most people your age who have chest pains and are smokers have inflammation of the airways (acute/chronic bronchitis) and this can be associated with pain, especially with coughing. However, nobody can make a diagnosis without a full history, examining you and (perhaps) other tests such as an EKG and Chest Xray. See your doctor. Congrats for quitting smoking!

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What are the criteria for removal of a greenfield filter had two clots in the last two years lungs?

What are the criteria for removal of a greenfield filter had two clots in the last two years lungs?

Filters: Can be removed. First you need to see if yours is truly removable. If not, then it is a moot point. If you are having clots, you need a work up for thrombophilia or thick blood. If you do need your filter removed you must have a leg doppler and ivc gram to make sure it is safe.

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What are the possible causes of scarring in the lungs. My dad now 80 used to be a smoker but quit it some years back has this scarring in lungs. Help.

What are the possible causes of scarring in the lungs. My dad now 80 used to be a smoker but quit it some years back has this scarring in lungs. Help.

Probably just that: As doctors we don't usually call anything scars of the lungs so I can't be sure what you mean. Smoking may disrupt lung structure leading to what is called emphysema. Pulmonary fibrosis may occur spontaneously. Old pneumonia may leave permanent changes, which seems like a scar. There is no cure for these diseases but treatment may help. Your dad should get a lung specialist if at all possible.

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I am 19 yr old I was a light smoker for 4 years and it has been a month since I quit I want to know the looks of my lungs, if it can return to pink?

I am 19 yr old I was a light smoker for 4 years and it has been a month since I quit I want to know the looks of my lungs, if it can return to pink?

Smoking effect: I admire you for quitting smoking and not smoking for 1 month. You have been blessed with 3 Million Air sacs in your lungs due to which you are alive and functioning. Your chances of recovery of damaged air sacs are good if you have not had respiratory infections, have not seen physician for respiratory problems, and you have been physically active. See a Therapist for stress management.

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I was a heavy smoker for 14 years (1 pack a day) and I now I quit since 1month is a intensive cardio workout can help my lungs to recover fast?

I was a heavy smoker for 14 years (1 pack a day) and I now I quit since 1month is a intensive cardio workout can help my lungs to recover fast?

Not really: You can't speed up recovery of your lungs but you can slow the damage and prevent future problems - from smoking or not. Cardio workout is one good method for that - it exercises your heart and lungs and causes frequent gas exchange from as much of your lungs as possible.

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Hi I'm a female 26 years old. My right chest, lung started hurting a day or two ago. It's a dull pain that happens when I take a deep breath.

Hi I'm a female 26 years old. My right chest, lung started hurting a day or two ago. It's a dull pain that happens when I take a deep breath.

Be seen: Although it would be unusual in an otherwise healthy female, anyone. With chest pain with respiration should be seen and evaluated to ensure there is not underlying cause that is potentially dangerous such as a pulmonary embolus or spontaneous pneumothorax. Again, not common, but you should consider being seen.

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I had right lung pneumonia two years ago. When I rest on my right side, I get the same lung pain. It never really goes away. What could this be?

I had right lung pneumonia two years ago. When I rest on my right side, I get the same lung pain. It never really goes away. What could this be?

Pleural Scarring?: There's probably scar tissue in ur lungs from (what sounds like a serious case of) pneumonia (PNA). If u have none of the other symptoms / signs of PNA then residual inflammation or irritation of the lining of the lung (pleura) from that infection. W/o other worrying signs, I think the best u can do is sleep on ur back or left side for relief. Talk to a thoracic surgeon or pulmonologist for advice

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Burning in lungs and heavy cough from two years, I consulted doctor and he suggested to do some test and gone through all test based on tests doctor?

Burning in lungs and heavy cough from two years, I consulted doctor and he suggested to do some test and gone through all test based on tests doctor?

What tests were done: Not possible to diagnose on this forum without more data. Your doctor who ordered the test will work with you to try to find out the cause of your symptoms. Feel better soon.

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I am 16 years old and I smoked for about 2 years on and off, mostly a social smoker (have stopped) can I get lung cancer

I am 16 years old and I smoked for about 2 years on and off, mostly a social smoker (have stopped) can I get lung cancer

Yes you can but stop: Smoking socially for 2 years has likely increased your risk of getting lung cancer slightly but the most important thing is to stop forever now and your risk will decrease to little above normal.

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Hi Dr. I am 34 years old male, non smoker I took chest radiograph before 2 weeks I found that I have lung nodule 6*6mm In my left lung, thanks?

CT follow-up: Get a CT scan if not done yet. Isolated lung nodule of 6.6 mm is too small to be detected by PET-CT, and also too small to biopsy at this time. Your risk for primary lung cancer is relatively low given your young age and nonsmoker status. But I suggest you to see a lung doctor for opinion and CT follow-up. In addition, what did your MRI abd show?

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Is it possible for a 13 year old that has been smoking for two years to develop lung cancer?

Is it possible for a 13 year old that has been smoking for two years to develop lung cancer?

Probably not.: This would be exceedingly rare, as most lung cancer occurs in older adults with significant (i.e. Decades-long) smoking history. There would likely be a significant familial component to lung cancer that develops in a 13-year-old, regardless of whether they smoke (d) or not.

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A friend smoked methamphetamines for two years. Has been clean for seven years. How likely is lung cancer now?

A friend smoked methamphetamines for two years. Has been clean for seven years. How likely is lung cancer now?

Despite the: Tobacco industry diverting attemtion from their products, only smoked tobacco is sufficiently studied to prove causation of lung cancer, and the elements are identified. Other inhaled "drugs", thc and meth, are clearly not "approved" but cancer link is not there.

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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.

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