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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! ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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At what age can you get lung cancer? Can you have it at the age of 20?

At what age can you get lung cancer? Can you have it at the age of 20?

Mainly in older peop: There is no specific age in lung cancer, yes it is possible at age 20, but extremely rare, it can happen even in people who never smoked. However the majority of lung cancer patients are in their 50s and older, and the longer the history of smoking, the higher the risk. There are multiple research projects going on to try to identify genetic/hereditary factors. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you were to get lung cancer then what proffessionals would you deal with?

I'm just wondering, if you were to get lung cancer then what proffessionals would you deal with?

Team: Lung cancer is best treated with a multi-disciplinary team. The key players would be thoracic surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and primary care physician (pcp). You may or may not have a pulmonologist for lung function assessment and cardiologist for heart function assessment. The coordination of overall care may be assisted by a nurse navigator and/or social worker. ...Read more

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If you get non-small cell lung cancer, how do you feel?

If you get non-small cell lung cancer, how do you feel?

It depends;: Unfortunately lung cancer is usually diagnosed in more advanced stages because it can be silent. Depending on the region it involves, symptoms could varry from cough, weight loss, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, affecting voice quality. If cancer is found incidentally in early stages (patient not symptomatic and cancer found incidentally), the cure rate can be excellent. ...Read more

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What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

What is the chance of survival with stage 4 lung cancer?

Miracle: Most do not live long.
If someone seems to be out living the situation, may need to reconsider the original, diagnosis! ...Read more

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Could you get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

Could you get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

Yes: There are different kinds of lung cancer and some of them are not caused by smoking such as asbestos exposure. However, the vast majority of lung cancers are related to cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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If I have stage II lung cancer, what are my chances of survival?

If I have stage II lung cancer, what are my chances of survival?

Good: For stage ii lung cancer the standard of care for the physically fit patient is surgery. If there is tumor in the lymph nodes then chemotherapy after surgery. The patient should be evaluated by a abts certified thoracic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lung cancer from things other than smoking?

Yes: About 10% of people who get lung cancer are non-smokers. There are many factors - exposure to second hand smoke, exposure to other air-borne toxins (air pollution, industrial exposures in miners and other workers). Asbestos has been mostly eliminated, but old exposure in people working in construction, shipyards, car brakes and elsewhere can cause a cancer called mesothelioma. ...Read more

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Dr. Ariel, so my cousin can't get lung cancer if he stops smoking?

Dr. Ariel, so my cousin can't get lung cancer if he stops smoking?

Can get cancer: We know, lung cancer in "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Stopping, and stopping young will allow your cousin's increased risk for both lung and other diseases to decrease. However, yes still at risk for lung cancer. Http://goo. Gl/q3itr your cousin should work with family physician to maximize overall wellness. ...Read more

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Where can someone go to get tested for lung cancer in los angeles?

Many places: In state of california consider uc davis medical center; email thoracic. Surgery@ucdmc. Ucdavis. Edu. ...Read more

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Friend in a coma that also has lung cancer. Any chance he survives?

LungCA&coma: Assuming the coma is due to the lung cancer? ...He would have a slim chance of coming out of it. If the coma is due to pneumonia/infection or some other medical condition he might have a chance of coming around. Either way this sounds very serious and good communication with the team of doctors caring for him is essential. Hard decision maybe in his family's future&more informed the better. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get to stage IV lung cancer?

Varies: Type of lung cancer:
squamous is slow
adeno can be variable
small cell is quick

may not be found until already stageiv since they are frequently asymptomatic until late. ...Read more

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What to do if I have stage 4 lung cancer why do I get fluid in my lungs?

From tumors: The cancer masses may bleed or exude fluid making a pleural effusion.
Multiple lesions in the lungs may also congest the lungs or create obstructive pneumonia. ...Read more

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I am wondering what help do you get if you get lung cancer or have a stroke?

I am wondering what help do you get if you get lung cancer or have a stroke?

?: What kind of help are you looking for? There are support groups, and services are available. ...Read more

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Can smoking give you lung cancer or just increase the chances of getting it?

Can smoking give you lung cancer or just increase the chances of getting it?

Increases risk: Only about 20% of lifelong smokers will develop lung cancer, so it doesn't cause cancer in everyone. Tobacco smoke interacts with genetic predisposition to lead to cancer. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could someone get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

Please tell me, could someone get lung cancer from things other then smoking?

Yes: Exposure to asbestos, coal dust and severe air pollution can be associated with lung cancer as well. About 10% of cases of lung cancer occur in non-smokers. Some of these are related to second-hand smoke, some to industrial/occupational exposures, and others happen with no known precipitating causes. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving lung cancer if caught early as a tiny nodule?

Excellent, indeed: But as a doctor who has specialized in treating tiny lung cancers for years, I have never seen one is someone as young as you. It is highly unlikely that you have lung cancer. ...Read more

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How can my friend get lung cancer without ever smoking or being around smokers?

How can my friend get lung cancer without ever smoking or being around smokers?

Not uncommon: Smokers are most common, but there are others who have genetic or inhalation issues. ...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