How do doctors tell if you have lung cancer?

X-ray. Really look, listen, feel, test. X-ray or ct can be first notice even without symptoms. Proof is biopsy or removal.

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Can doctors tell me what does lung cancer prevent you from doing?

Depends. That really depends on the stage of lung cancer. If it is early stage and it is treated, it can potentially be cured, and you can do lots of things...Live a normal life (with close and regular follow up). If it is more advanced, however, it may limit what you can do. But, again, it all depends on many factors. You need to be seen and regularly followed by your doctor. Read more...
Depends. Early on may be asymptomatic. As progresses, short of breath, limitation of activity, pain and early death are the natural history. Early identification and treatments can improve survival and control symptoms. Read more...

Can any doc tell me what's the age range for getting lung cancer?

From cancer.org: Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older; fewer than 2% of all cases are found in people younger than 45. The average age at the time of diagnosis is about 70. Read more...

Can any doc tell me what's the 2nd most common cause of lung cancer?

Almost in order. 1st cigaretts then: pipe and cigars, asbestos, radon family genes. History of lung ca pollution. People forget radon alot for non smokers. Hope it helps. Look at the american cancer society web site. Read more...
I say air pollution. The politically correct answer used to be radon on the homes; I remain unconvinced and many other people are deeply skeptical. In the most terribly polluted parts of the world, I suspect health data is unreliable, so I'll go with air pollution. No reasonable person would question that asbestos greatly increases the risk in smokers. Lung scars (TB, histoplasma, sclerosis) have an unknown impact. Read more...

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is more deadly lung cancer or rectal cancer?

Whichever is... ...The most advanced (higher stage). That said, i would venture that stages being equal, you have better odds with rectal cancer. Also, rectal cancer can be detected earlier in a routine colonoscopy and will likely cause symptoms earlier than lung. Don't get me wrong, some people do survive lung cancer and some die of rectal cancer. Read more...
Data as useful as a. crystal ball or fortune cookie. Take with a grain of salt. Prognosis is ultimately specific to location/metastases (if any) & the shape and genetics of the tumor cell, which are both reflections of the aggressiveness. Check out http://www3.mdanderson.org/app/medcalc/index.cfm?pagename=rectumcancer then http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/get-information/what-you-should-know-about-statistics.html . Read more...

Can any doc tell me what's the difference in small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer?

Cells and treatment. The cell types and treatment is the biggest issues. Non small cell are adeno, large and squamous cell types. Each have an association with smoking but not always. Treatment is the same. First if possible resection +/- chemo/radiation. Cure can be resection. Small cell=smoking. Can be limitted or extensive. Responds well to chemo. Grows faster, mostly treatable not cureable. Need to talk to ur md! Read more...

What are tell tell signs of lung cancer? I have coughed up blood, I have been having upper/middle back pain, and when I went to the doctor they said I had low vitamin d I just wanted a second opinion on what these symptoms might be.

Weight . Weight loss, spitting up blood, lack of appetite and energy along with abnormal cxr or ct chest (spot of chesr x ray or ct chest) are all suggestive of cancer. Sometimes coughing too hard/bronchitis can lead to blood in sputum as well besides lung cancer. Read more...
The . The ways to identify someone with lung cancer are dependent as to whether they are found by screening or symptoms. The major symptoms associated with lung cancer are cough, with or without blood (hemoptysis), chest pain, shortness of breath, and weight loss. Read more...