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Statistically what are the odds that a tumor on a non-smoker's lungs will be benign?

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Dr. Nathan Pennell
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: It depends

The risk of cancer depends on the characteristics of the lesion on the lung, but overall the majority of nodules in the lungs of nonsmokers (and even smokers) will turn out to be benign.
Even in high risk current and former smokers being screened for lung cancer, 96% of nodules were benign.

In brief: It depends

The risk of cancer depends on the characteristics of the lesion on the lung, but overall the majority of nodules in the lungs of nonsmokers (and even smokers) will turn out to be benign.
Even in high risk current and former smokers being screened for lung cancer, 96% of nodules were benign.
Dr. Nathan Pennell
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Dr. Michael Benjamin
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Better than 50-50

65% of solitary chest xray nodules were benign in smokers and non-smokers in a study published in 1997.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9129544 the group did find that smokers had a higher likelihood to have a malignant nodule, but did not report the results in the abstract.

In brief: Better than 50-50

65% of solitary chest xray nodules were benign in smokers and non-smokers in a study published in 1997.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9129544 the group did find that smokers had a higher likelihood to have a malignant nodule, but did not report the results in the abstract.
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