21 doctors weighed in:
Is it possible for a 13 year old that has been smoking for two years to develop lung cancer?
21 doctors weighed in

Ben Ferguson
Surgery
10 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not.
This would be exceedingly rare, as most lung cancer occurs in older adults with significant (i.
e. Decades-long) smoking history. There would likely be a significant familial component to lung cancer that develops in a 13-year-old, regardless of whether they smoke(d) or not.

In brief: Probably not.
This would be exceedingly rare, as most lung cancer occurs in older adults with significant (i.
e. Decades-long) smoking history. There would likely be a significant familial component to lung cancer that develops in a 13-year-old, regardless of whether they smoke(d) or not.
Ben Ferguson
Ben Ferguson
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
7 doctors agree
In brief: Unusual
There is generally a 20 year lag between start of smoking and lung cancer.
However that 13 year old is increasing her risk of lung cancer and other smoking related diseases.

In brief: Unusual
There is generally a 20 year lag between start of smoking and lung cancer.
However that 13 year old is increasing her risk of lung cancer and other smoking related diseases.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Very rare
It is highly unusual to have lung cancer in the teens; it often takes years of smoking to result in cancerous changes in the lung.
It is however very important that you quit asap to minimize your risks. The risk is cumulative and directly linked to the duration of smoking.

In brief: Very rare
It is highly unusual to have lung cancer in the teens; it often takes years of smoking to result in cancerous changes in the lung.
It is however very important that you quit asap to minimize your risks. The risk is cumulative and directly linked to the duration of smoking.
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
Dr. Vamsidhar Velcheti
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possible though rare
In a genetically susceptible person, even a short exposure to a carcinogen can cause cancer.
There are many other risks from smoking, e.g., respiratory illness, heart disease, cancers of mouth urinary bladder, peripheral vascular disease, premature aging and damage to your unborn etc. Give up smoking asap!

In brief: Possible though rare
In a genetically susceptible person, even a short exposure to a carcinogen can cause cancer.
There are many other risks from smoking, e.g., respiratory illness, heart disease, cancers of mouth urinary bladder, peripheral vascular disease, premature aging and damage to your unborn etc. Give up smoking asap!
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Yes
It's possible for a 13 yo to develop lung cancer even without smoking.

In brief: Yes
It's possible for a 13 yo to develop lung cancer even without smoking.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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