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Dr. Vance Harris answered:

im a 38yr old female i quit smoking two years ago and i have upper back pain on the left. i dont have any other symptoms of lung cancer ...is it possible?

Chest pain

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I would never say that the possibility of cancer in a smoker should be dismissed. If the pain doesn't resolve then see your Dr. I'm not sure what your smoking history was. If the pain continues you should get it evaluated. If you're coughing up any blood then see a physician soon.
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Can upper back pain which alleviates with massage and rest be a symptom of lung cancer, chest CT is normal?

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Upper back pain that goes away with massage/rest is very unlikely to be a symptom of lung cancer, especially with a normal chest CT. Most likely it is musculoskeletal in nature. Also, lung cancer is uncommon in someone who is only 31 years old. Persistent back pain, however, should be evaluated by your primary care physician.
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Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? ct was clear. only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Prob not

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If the CAT scan was clear, and you don't have cancer. You should be in fall iPhone physical therapy program. I will get an Emerierr the thoracic and cervical spine. Be evaluated by an orthopedic spinal specialist.
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I have upper back pain, chest pain and pain at top of left arm, i smoked for 20 yr, quit 5 weeks ago, could i have lung cancer?

multiple causes

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Your symptoms could be due to anything, simple muscular to heart disease. Try simple conservative treatment with over the counter pain relievers for a couple of weeks before going to the doctor
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How would lung cancer or breast cancer cause upper back pain? I have had ct chest ok/ MRI throactic no contrast OK. Missed cancer?

Very unlikely

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Those two exams should be very good at ruling out tumor in the spine. Consider seeing a physical medicine specialist for evaluation and treatment.
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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?

It's possible

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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.
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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?

Not likely

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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
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Dr. Joseph Accurso answered:

Chest x ray clear, blood in phlegm is now gone but have upper back pain. If it was Lung cancer would it have shown on X ray? Having anxiety!

Not always

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A chest x-ray can miss lung cancers, especially if they are early/small, when they can be best treated. Although it is not likely you have lung cancer given your age, please see your health care provider and get further evaluation. A chest CT would be a better test for lung cancer depending on your specific situation, but we want to limit radiation exposure, so benefit needs to outweigh risk.
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Dr. Nathan Pennell answered:

Upper back pain since last may.dr ordered ct of chest. it was clear. also took early cdt lung cancer blood test the mageA4 was positive. Worry?

What for?

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Mage A4 is not an approved screening test for lung cancer, was this done as part of a research trial? Lung cancer in a 39 year old with a clean CT chest would be very unusual, and in a person with very low risk of cancer any screening test that is positive is most likely a false positive. I would suggest discussing the purpose of the test and results with the doctor who ordered it!
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

do i need to worry about upper back pain being lung cancer if massage relieves the pain, not completely but ive had the pain for quite awhile.?

It is easy to find

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Out, if you have lung cancer ask your doctor to examine you, do chest x-ray, if he could find any thing ask if he could do CAT scan for your lungs. You will be able to find out.
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