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What are the chances of a nonsmoker ever having lung cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Lung ca in nonsmoker

Worldwide, lung cancer in never smokers account for 15 to 20 % of cases in men and over 50 percent in women.
In us, the age-adjusted incidence rate for lung cancer in never smokers aged 40 to 79 years ranged from 11 to 14/ 100, 000 person-years for men and from 15 to 21/100, 000 person-years for women.

In brief: Lung ca in nonsmoker

Worldwide, lung cancer in never smokers account for 15 to 20 % of cases in men and over 50 percent in women.
In us, the age-adjusted incidence rate for lung cancer in never smokers aged 40 to 79 years ranged from 11 to 14/ 100, 000 person-years for men and from 15 to 21/100, 000 person-years for women.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: 5-20/100,000

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.

In brief: 5-20/100,000

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.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Small

A non smoker is someone who has smoked < 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.
Non-smokers can develop lung cancer from second hand smoke, environemtal radon, and genetic predisposition such has mutations in such genes as egfr and eml4/alk fusion translocation.

In brief: Small

A non smoker is someone who has smoked < 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.
Non-smokers can develop lung cancer from second hand smoke, environemtal radon, and genetic predisposition such has mutations in such genes as egfr and eml4/alk fusion translocation.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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In brief: Limited

Lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer are the most common cancer types (about 170,000 new cases in the US per year each).
So, there is a small chance -- but if you smoke and drink your chances are significantly increased.

In brief: Limited

Lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer are the most common cancer types (about 170,000 new cases in the US per year each).
So, there is a small chance -- but if you smoke and drink your chances are significantly increased.
Dr. Lester Thompson
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