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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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.

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Could you tell me what gender and age group are more likely to get lung cancer?

Could you tell me what gender and age group are more likely to get lung cancer?

Older smokers...: Historically, men were more likely to develop lung cancer, but as more women began to smoke tobacco, the incicence of lung cancer in women has increased. Now lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the United States. In my practice, the vast majority of patients with lung cancer are in their 50s and older. In rare instances, I see patients in their 40s and 30s.

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I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking.

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What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer? I mean is it possible at such a young age?

What are the possibilities for a 20 year old to get lung cancer? I mean is it possible at such a young age?

Low: "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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Can a perosn at the age of 51 get lung cancer if he/she was a heavy drinker and smoker?

YES: Yes absolutely. Not only lung cancer, that person also will be at high risk to develop other smoking/alcohol related cancer (head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, bladder cancer etc) as well as other related serious disease- such as liver cirrhosis, emphysema/ COPD etc. Please tell that person to quit smoking and alcohol.

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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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What is the avg age of throat or lung cancer? Can you get this at 38 or would it be at a later age?

What is the avg age of throat or lung cancer? Can you get this at 38 or would it be at a later age?

Yes: The median age for lung ca is 72. This not the avg. It the point where 1/2 are younger and 1/2 are older. The risk of lung ca in 30's is 1.3%. The median age for laryngeal ca is 63. However the number of patients developing. Ca really spikes up at 45 yrs and older. So lung ca at 38 fairly unlikely but laryngeal ca is possible.

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If it takes 20 years to get cancer, and a parent smokes next to her new baby, can the baby have lung cancer by age 20 years?

If it takes 20 years to get cancer, and a parent smokes next to her new baby, can the baby have lung cancer by age 20 years?

1+1 not always 2: While we know a lot about risk factors for cancer, we really cannot predict when cancer will develop based upon exposure to known carcinogens. To be fair, it is unlikely to see lung cancer in a 20 yr old, but there is absolutely no reason why any mother should ever smoke anywhere near her baby, ever.

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My dad was diagnosed and died at age 80 with metastatic liver/lung cancer. Will I get it too?

Not likely: Cancer occurring in late life is not likely to have a strong genetic basis. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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I smoked about 6 cigarettes once a weekend for a year. Now quit. Age 23. What's my risk of lung cancer compared to someone who never smoked?

I smoked about 6 cigarettes once a weekend for a year. Now quit. Age 23. What's my risk of lung cancer compared to someone who never smoked?

Lung cancer: It is pretty close to someone who has never smoked, but make sure you don't smoke again. Also please note that about 20% of lung cancers occur in non smokers.

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Might someone have lung cancer in an early age?

Might someone have lung cancer in an early age?

Yes but: Yes, lung cancer is technically possible at almost any age but much more common in older adults. The average age is 70-71 and under 50 it is very rare and under 40 extremely rare. My personal youngest patient was 24.

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How can someone get lung cancer who has never smoked?

How can someone get lung cancer who has never smoked?

We don't know: Although smoking is by far the greatest risk factor for lung cancer, not every lung cancer patient has a smoking history. Some non-smokers have other risks like second hand smoke or asbestos exposure. But a growing number have no risk factors that we know of. Unfortunately the lack if cigarette exposure does not completely rule out the possibility of lung cancer.

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

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.

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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.

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Is it possible for someone to smoke their whole life but not ever get lung cancer?

Is it possible for someone to smoke their whole life but not ever get lung cancer?

Yes, but why try?: 15% of smokers get lung cancer, but 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. More people die from lung cancer per year caused by second hand smoke than die from aids, in the us.

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28 yrs old smoked cigarettes for 12 yrs now quitting what are the chances of someone my age having lung cancer? Or has it been to long to repair damag

28 yrs old smoked cigarettes for 12 yrs now quitting what are the chances of someone my age having lung cancer? Or has it been to long to repair damag

Glad you've quit: You will never recover the damage to the elasticity in your lungs, and this will take away some of your wind as you get older. Lung cancer's rare at your age even smoking. You will have a somewhat increased cancer risk for the next two decades but it is still low. The key is that you have overcome this godawful addiction. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and those who love you.

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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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