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What kind of likelihood is there of a teenager getting lung cancer?

What kind of likelihood is there of a teenager getting lung cancer?

Rare: Lung cancer from smoking would be very rare in a teenager. There are many forms of lung cancer. Cancer can be in the lung due to spread of cancer from some other body area. If this is in relation to smoking, just don't. It will be the best thing you ever do for yourself not to smoke or if you do, to stop!

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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I am a worried teenager thinking that every dises will hit me. What can I do to calm down? (i used to smoke fear of lung cancer especially.

I am a worried teenager thinking that every dises will hit me. What can I do to calm down? (i used to smoke fear of lung cancer especially.

Health anxiety: Health anxiety is not uncommon, and can make you fear having all kinds of diseases that you don't have. It can make you interpret every body sensation as something dire. It's great that you stopped smoking -- congratulations on eliminating that risk! There is excellent help for health anxiety through psychotherapy. See a therapist you trust and have rapport with. Work w/pcp on overall health.

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Is it common among teenagers that smoke cigarettes to get lung cancer?

Is it common among teenagers that smoke cigarettes to get lung cancer?

No.: It's not common for teenagers to get lung cancer, smoking or not. A small fraction of a percent of lung cancer patients are diagnosed before the age of 35, and the largest fraction is in the 55-85 age group. Lifelong smoking that begins early on in teenage years or earlier does increase the chance of developing lung cancer later on, however.

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Is there a chance for a heavy smoker to get diagnosed with lung cancer at 30 years old?

Is there a chance for a heavy smoker to get diagnosed with lung cancer at 30 years old?

Yes: 30 years old is young but cigarettes have a strong link to lung cancer and it is possible. If you are concerned or have symptoms like blood in the sputum please see your doctor.

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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.

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How much of a chance is it for me to get lung cancer if three people in my family got it?

How much of a chance is it for me to get lung cancer if three people in my family got it?

Higher than normal: There are several reasons why a family history of lung cancer may increase your risk. The members involved may share similar habits like smoking or if they live together and everyone who does not smoke gets exposed to smoke from at least one smoker. Also if the family lives in a place where they are exposed to carcinogens such as radon. Genes may also play a role but not well defined as of yet.

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I'm a social smoker since age 20. Now im age 29 and just recently decide to quit smoking. Any chance I will still get lung cancer?

I'm a social smoker since age 20. Now im age 29 and just recently decide to quit smoking. Any chance I will still get lung cancer?

Maybe: Smoking is just one cause for lung cancer.Not smoking reduces your chance to get the disease but there are other causes and non-smokers can still contract lung cancer through second hand smoke. Other cancers in the body can metasticize to the lung. In general, if you stop smoking your chances are better to not get the disease and your lungs will recover, after 10 years, to those of a non-smoker.

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I'm 22 years old and have been smoking cigarettes for 10 years...I've been around it all my life tho...Do I have a good chance to get lung cancer?

I'm 22 years old and have been smoking cigarettes for 10 years...I've been around it all my life tho...Do I have a good chance to get lung cancer?

Increased risk: Http://goo. Gl/kkxkn work with family physician towards comprehensive wellness. First and second hand exposure increases risk. Quitting decreases risk. There are numerous disease that smoking will increase risk.

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Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer, both passed away. What are my chances? Can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Mum had breast cancer and dad had lung cancer, both passed away. What are my chances? Can I get a full body cancer check? I am clinically obese.

Scan not neede: Unless Mums breast Ca was genetically induced thru BRACA any development of breast Ca would be environmental and the issue resolved with mammography. Lung cancer, especially is related to smoking is not passed down in a familiar manner. Basic medical exam yearly should suffice to define need for specific scans.

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Quit smoking cigs after 4 pack years. Still smoke alot of marijuana and have for 7 years. Chances I have lung cancer? Should I get a chest xray or no?

Quit smoking cigs after 4 pack years. Still smoke alot of marijuana and have for 7 years. Chances I have lung cancer? Should I get a chest xray or no?

Lung CA &chest xray: Well first of all please stop smoking tob and do not start again. MJ can have real adverse effects as well. Having been a doc for nearly 25 years I can tell you over time it will fry your brain. CXR for lung cancer has not been shown to help find it early. CT scans can find it before you have symptoms but it finds lots of things that aren't cancer too. Re;only for heavy smokers

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Is it common that teenagers how are smokers develope lung cancer? Are there any cases of teenagers getting sick from smoking.

Is it common that teenagers how are smokers develope lung cancer? Are there any cases of teenagers getting sick from smoking.

Yes: 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.

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Does teenagers develope lung cancer? Worried about my friend he is a chain smoker already.

Does teenagers develope lung cancer? Worried about my friend he is a chain smoker already.

Quite rare, but...: It is quite rare for a teenager to develop lung cancer. But, the smoking is bad enough, and if he starts now, he may never be able to stop. Be a good friend and help him quit smoking. That is the best way to help minimize the risk of getting lung cancer.

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If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

If I smoke will I get lung cancer?

15%: 15% of smokers (>100 cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. If you stop smoking, your risk of lung cancer decreases each year after stopping.

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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.

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If I smoked, should I get tested for lung cancer?

If I smoked, should I get tested for lung cancer?

Screening: The national lung screening trial demonstrated survival advantage in patients who underwent low dose ct scan screening and were high risk. High risk is defined as heavy or former smokers (quit within 15 years) and aged 55-74.

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Might I get lung cancer from second or thirdhand smoke?

Might I get lung cancer from second or thirdhand smoke?

Not likely: The evidence is not clear for second hand smoke, let alone third hand smoke. If you would like to avoid smoking related lung cancer, don't smoke.

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Might it be that a a 20 or 25- year old get lung cancer?

Yes: "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.

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Dr. David Cooke
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