Patient discussion about lung cancer

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ALung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is a leading cause of cancer death in men and women in the United States.

Cigarette smoking causes most lung cancers. The more cigarettes you smoke per day and the earlier you started smoking, the greater your risk of lung cancer. High levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure may also increase risk. Lately researchers connect this lung cancer with genetic factors.

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Q. How much do I have to smoke to get lung cancer?

If I only smoke 1 cigarette a day will I get cancer?
A1some people dont even have to smoke to get lung cancer,just being around someone who smokes can give you lung cancer.
A21 cigarette a day is also dangerous. It's best not to smoke at all. The more you smoke, the higher the risk is to develop cancer. It is an accumulative effect.
A3The longer you have been smoking and the more cigarettes per day smoked, the greater the risk. If you stop smoking before lung cancer develops, the lung tissue will slowly return to normal.

Q. My grandfather died of lung cancer because of smoking.

what is the probability that I'll get lung cancer as well? My Grandfather was a regular smoker, he died two year ago because of lung cancer. I also smoke and I want to know that if i have a hinge probability to have cancer like that.
A1Anybody who smokes has a higher risk for lung cancer, regardless of family history, but with your family history smoking will very much increase your risk. Smoking increases your risk for lung cancer by about 23 times. And now days with all the pollution around us- could be a lot faster then your grandfather,
I would quit smoking if you want to see your children grow up.
A2Stop smoking!!!
My grandparents died of lung cancer because of smoking most their lives. I wonder how long it'll take take people to understand how harmful and stupid it is.
A3Sorry for being blunt- yup, with a family history of lung cancer, your risks are four times greater. Suggest you quit smoking, unless of course you don't care about dying from lung cancer.
If you want to calculate the statistics:

Q. Is it possible to have lung cancer without smoking?

My 89 years-old grandfather was told by his doctor that he has lung cancer, after he had cough for almost two months. I thought that lung cancer happens because people smoke, but my grandfather never smoked or drank alcohol and is still in a very good shape (for his age, of course) – is it possible the doctor was wrong and he doesn’t have lung cancer?
A1There are other things that increase the risk of lung cancer-. He may not be a smoker himself, but maybe he was living with a smoker, maybe he worked in an asbestos building, or exposed to substances that cause lung cancer.
A2Unfortunately the answer is yes- it is possible to have lung cancer (as long as other diseases that are attributed to smoking) even if you never smoked one cigarette in your whole life. Refraining from smoking reduce the risk of lung carcinoma greatly, but it’s not a guarantee.
A3Anyone can get lung cancer, but it usually strikes smokers over age 50. And the risk goes up with age. 90% of lung cancers occur in people who smoke. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women in the US, and it's more common among older men and women. It's also the leading killer. About 160,000 Americans die of lung cancer each year. Your grandfather could just have a bad case of bronchitis, but it is a little unlikely that the doctor is wrong. If you feel, however, that the doctor could be wrong, it can's hurt to get a second opinion. Hope all is well with your grandfather. Hope this helps.

Q. how does an lungs cancer effects you in the immediate term? let say just have been told i have a lung cancer

what symptoms that i felt before can hint me about the coming future and discover ? what are the next steps after the acceptation and discovery of the decease ?
ALung cancer usually doesn't cause any symptoms (and that's the reason it usually is discovered so late that treatment is limited). However, the cancer may cause cough with sputum or blood (hemoptysis), difficult breath, chest pain and wheezing. The tumor may induce several phenomena including excess calcium in the blood (causing weakness), muscle weakness, bone problems and several other conditions.

After the diagnosis, the patient is usually referred to treatment, either surgical, chemo, radiation or combination of these modalities.

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Q. My grandfather died of lung cancer because of smoking.

what is the probability of me getting a cancerous tumor? What procedure is done to see if a tumor is malignant? Is a simple MRI enough to make that conclusion?
A1Indeed, my grandfather died also of lung cancer due to smoking, I hope that the fact that I stopped smoking will make my life longer than his...
A2Sad.. my brother in law died from smoking, few years ago.
Regardless of family history, smoking is not exactly helthy and does contribute to lung cancer.
Even though the role of heredity in lung cancer is not as well-known, having a family history of lung cancer does increase our risk to some degree. Hereditary lung cancer is higher in women, nonsmokers and those with early onset lung cancer (lung cancer that occurs before the age of 60). Overall, it has been estimated that 1.7% of lung cancers up to the age of 68 are hereditary.
A3A few smoking related statistics:
440,000 people died from smoking each year, in the last 10 years, from smoking-associated diseases (CDC)
In the last year:
440,000 died
36,666 died per month
8,461 died per week
1,205 died per day
50 died per hour
Deaths information for Smoking: An estimated 400,000 deaths each year are caused directly by cigarette smoking.
Life years lost from Smoking: Smoking doesn't just cut a few months off the end of your life. It reduces the life of the average smoker by 12 years

Q. Can the flu give you lung cancer?

I heard that some viruses can give you cancer, is it true? And can I get lung cancer from the flu?
A1First of all- viruses don't "spread" cancer- they cause is. Second – there are very few viruses known to man that can cause cancer and the Flu is not one of them. Some viruses can insert their genetic material inside our infected cells genome, and sometimes they insert it in the middle of an important gene that helps us prevent cancer. When it does so it stops our cell defense system against cancer and cancer can evolve.
A2No, you are right that some viruses can inflict cancer (mainly because they enter the cell and change the genome) but the flu is not one of them. A good example for a virus that can do so- Human Papiloma Virus. It's considered as one of the main causes of cervix cancer.
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