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Lung Cancer Concern - 33 pk yr smoker. Short of breath, wheezing, sweats, non-stop coughing & phlegm especially in morning. Low dose CT? 47 Y/O.

Lung Cancer Concern - 33 pk yr smoker. Short of breath,  wheezing, sweats, non-stop coughing & phlegm especially in morning.  Low dose CT? 47 Y/O.

This is very serious: You need to do whatever it takes to stop smoking now. Otherwise this is your whole future. I doubt you have lung cancer, or that screening saves many lives, but nowadays who gets screened with low-dose CT is politics and you should accept if offered. You may have an acute infection, even pertussis. An antitrypsin level may be in order though with any result smoking cessation is imperative. ...Read more

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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'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

I'm 30 year old female I wheeze lots at night and I chest pain like a shock and rib pain I get neck pain right before my skull could it be lung cancer?

Unlikely: Do you have asthma? Are you over-weight? It would be prudent to consult a doctor as your symptoms warrant a more detailed history, physical examination and may be some tests. If you are over-weight, try losing some weight. (easier said than done). ...Read more

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I have urq pain, now bone pain on the right side and get night sweats. Can a CT scan always pick up pancreatic or bile duct cancer?

I have urq pain, now bone pain on the right side and get night sweats. Can a CT scan always pick up pancreatic or bile duct cancer?

No test is perfect!: No test is 100 percent accurate. Although a multiphase ct with contrast is a very good test for pancreatic or bile duct cancer, it is not a perfect test. Mri, mrcp and ERCP are all tests that may be useful. Generally, imaging for this problem begins with a ct, with the additional tests based on the ct results, as well as lab tests and other examinations. ...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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I'm worried about persistent cough. How many nonsmokers get lung cancer in u.S. Each year?

I'm worried about persistent cough. How many nonsmokers get lung cancer in u.S. Each year?

Get evaluated: About 10% of the lung cancers occur in non-smokers. Among never-smokers aged 40 to 79 years lung cancer ranged from 14.4 to 20.8 per 100, 000 person-years in women and 4.8 to 13.7 per 100, 000 person-years in men. Irrespective of the national rate, persistent cough should be evaluated asap to prevent further damage. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

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. Second hand smoke exposure is a known risk. http://goo.gl/q3itr should work with family physician to maximize overall wellness. ...Read more

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How probable is it to get lung cancer when you don't smoke?

How probable is it to get lung cancer when you don't smoke?

Not rare: 10-15% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers. 16-24, 000 americans die of lung cancer each year are "never smoked" patients. If you just took the "never smoked" group of lung cancer deaths, completely separate from the “smokers”, the "never smoked" lung cancer disease would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the United States. ...Read more

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

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

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


Sweating At Night (Definition)

Night sweats may be a sign of an overactive thyroid, vitamin d deficiency, or a more serious problem like hodgkin's disease. The most common cause is probably just a heavy mattress and a warm room. The result is the same: waking up overheated and sweaty. Some people have a problem with sweating not just at night. ...Read more