Differentiating between bronchitis and lung cancer?

Both cause. Cough, sputum, even occasonal blood, and are related to smoking, but bronchitis is another warning to quit, and lung cancer means you have acquired something that might kill you. Big difference.
Not a matter for . Self diagnosis. Both have cough with sputum. Chronic bronchitis may be present for months on end. You are not likely to have lung cancer at your age, especially since you have not used tobacco. Acute bronchitis will subside in a couple of weeks, if it does not it will be time to see your doctor.
Fast Answer. Bronchitis is the inflammation of a lung/lungs and is easily treated, usually transient, can be acute or chronic. Lung cancer is a growth of abnormal cells that will continue to grow more rapidly than they should and not die as normal cells are programmed to do. It is a chronic disease, and no over-the-counter or simple medicine will help. Seeing an oncologist is the best thing you can do!

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What are the symptoms of chronic bronchitis with and without lung cancer?

The dirty little. Secret of lung cancer is that it causes very few symptoms in the early stages. Copd, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, have cough, shortness of breath, worse with exercise and stair climbing, and can cause blue lips and finger nails, purse lip breathing. Lunf cancer can cause "clubbed finger nails" once underway, lung cancer can cause trouble everywhere. Read more...
Symptoms.... Symptoms of chronic bronchitis include cough with sputum which can contain blood with and without lung cancer present. Other symptoms include shortness of breath, weight loss or gain, decreased appetite, decreased sleeping, etc. These symptoms are so similar with or without lung cancer that lung cancer cannot be diagnosed by symptoms alone. See your doctor to diagnose lung cancer. Read more...

Chronic bronchitis emphysema and lung cancer can be caused by?

Smoking.., The most common cause for both diseases is cigarette smoking. By either avoiding smoking or quitting if you do smoke, you reduce your chances of getting these diseases. See your doctor if you need help to quit. Read more...
Smoking, etc... As noted, smoking is a critical factor: http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/lung-cancer/risk-factors-and-prevention http://www.Lung.Org/lung-disease/bronchitis-chronic/understanding-chronic-bronchitis.Html. Read more...

Smoked since I was 9, now I'm 16 and it feels like I can't breath out of my right lung. I went to doc they said bronchitis. Idk, possiable lung cancer?

Not likely. even with the early smoking the chance of lung cancer is unlikely. As you have some respiratory damage I would suggest you stop smoking and your physician can help you to do this. Read more...
How much do u smoke? You certainly have enough exposure to cigarette smoke to get bronchitis, & u are on ur way to getting chronic lung disease (COPD). Regarding lung cancer, any1 who smokes is at risk, but ur risk goes up dramatically ~30 pack-years (pyh) when screening starts. (Multiply # years smoking & # packs per day - u probably have . Read more...

I have had bronchitis 2 months ago and now pneumonia. High red blood cell count and high protein in the blood. Should I be screened for lung cancer?

Depends. Are you a smoker, family history of lung cancer? If you are, you should screen for lung cancer. How you know you got pneumonia? If you suspicious with pneumonia, then you should get a chest x-ray. If there's suspicious lesion on chest x-ray, i believe your doctor could order ct scan for you. Bottom line is go see your doctor. Read more...
Perhaps. This combination of problems points more to a systemic disease, such as multiple myeloma or a blood cell disorder. You are not in the right age group for lung cancer but one never knows. By all means, get yourself checked. Read more...

16yr old girl I was told I had bronchitis and have have asthma but I have a painful long cough gasp for air, wheeze, mood swings. Do I have lung cancer?

Extremely unlikely. Extremely unlikely - probably severe reactive airway disease. Need to see your pcp or a pulmonologist. Read more...
Not likely. If your doctor told you that you have bronchitis ; asthma, s/he means you have bronchitis ; asthma and not cancer. What treatment did s/he provide to you? What follow up was suggested? Mood swings is an additional problem not associated with bronchitis. It may need care also, but you need to tell your physician you're experiencing this so that you receive it. Read more...
Lung function test. It is unlikely, since asthma and infections of the lung are more common. I would suggest keeping your pertussis vaccination up to date. There have been outbreaks of pertussis. The flu vaccination is recommended on an annual basis, unless you have a specific reason not to have one. Avoid smoke and anything in your environment that seems to trigger your asthma. PFTs are suggested. Read more...

I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

Good news. It sounds as if you have a bronchitis. Because it has lasted this long. You should see your doctor. Read more...
COPD? Sounds like your cancer is cured, congratulations, you are one of few! you probably smoked and this lingering bronchitis may be uncontrolled copd. Check with your doctor for bronchodilators +/- steroids. Radiation pneumonitis would be very unusual after all this time. Read more...
First of all. Congratulations on your survival and i know you stopped smoking. If teh simple imaging of cxr and ct are negative, and you still cough, i would get pft's, including abg and dlco. I'd see a pulmonary doctor and make sure a bronchoscopy was not indicated or a pet scan. Highly unlikely to be related to your old disease or treatment. Read more...