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What puts someone at risk for bronchogenic carcinoma?

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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Exposures

Smoking exposure is the biggest risk.
Even second hand smoke. Also radon in homes, asbestos, and various chemical exposures can cause lung and other cancers. There is of course underlying genetic disposition and that's why there are people who have smoked a lifetime but did not get lung cancer. But even these people shortened their lifespan because of all the problems like heart disease.

In brief: Exposures

Smoking exposure is the biggest risk.
Even second hand smoke. Also radon in homes, asbestos, and various chemical exposures can cause lung and other cancers. There is of course underlying genetic disposition and that's why there are people who have smoked a lifetime but did not get lung cancer. But even these people shortened their lifespan because of all the problems like heart disease.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Aka Lung cancer

Cigarettes are the greatest risk factor, followed in the distance by radon (a gas that comes up through the ground, into basements, can be screened for and the problem fixed).
Smoking (now or in the past) accounts for 85% of the known risk. Pollution and some heavy metals used in industry/welding are associated with higher risk. Asbestos is the other known risk, but smoking dwarfs all of these.

In brief: Aka Lung cancer

Cigarettes are the greatest risk factor, followed in the distance by radon (a gas that comes up through the ground, into basements, can be screened for and the problem fixed).
Smoking (now or in the past) accounts for 85% of the known risk. Pollution and some heavy metals used in industry/welding are associated with higher risk. Asbestos is the other known risk, but smoking dwarfs all of these.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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