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If I have a family history of lung cancer, should I request additional testing?

A: I had a dry cough, severe shortness of breath and chest pain. After having a stent placed in a blocked artery the shortness of breath worsened and the dry cough persisted. I had several CT scans done along with 3 additional cardiac catheterizations with no detection of any additional abnormality. The lung specialist I was seeing said I was a mystery patient. After about 3 months, the lung specialist did a bronchoscopy and took some lung biopsies during the procedure. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis turned out to be the culprit of the persistant symptoms. I would suggest asking your doctor about possibly seeing a


Chances of lung cancer at 25 w/ no genetic history?

A: Well.. give you this... Christopher Reeves wife, never smoked and she died of lung cancer. My dad smoked 2 - 3 packs a day for 45 years, worked with asbestos and he still has no lung cancer. ALTHOUGH, he has emphazema. Its terrible. He walks around with a oxygen bottle, can walk far, cant really have sex, BUT he still smokes. There are too many factors that might or might not give you lung cancer. If anything.. your best bet is to quit smoking. It really screews up your body. It ages your skin, it stinks, it ruins your lungs, its a drug that affects your mind.. ect ect. Take care


Who discovered the first case of lung cancer?

A: I became curious about the history of lung cancer and discovered some interesting facts in my reading, including that 150 years ago it was an extremely rare disease. Apparently, malignant lung tumors made up only 1% of all cancers in the 19th century, but by the early 20th century they accounted for 10–15%. The rates continued to rise as smoking became more prevalent. I couldn’t find a name attached to the first case discovered, which leads me to think that there might not be a record of exactly when lung cancer was first labeled as such.. ...


  Risk of lung cancer

A: Hello ardee, A risk factor is anything that changes the chance of you getting a disease. The risk factor forlung cancer is primarily smoking and passive smoking (other''s smoke in your presence), family history oflung cancer and inhaling things at home and work like radon gas, asbestos etc. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/glossary.htm#carcinogen.You can always get yourself screened by an X-ray or a CAT scan and if you have any sputum then sputumexamination is required. Avoid all carcinogens in the future and you can go for annual screening and get restassured. Take...


Hey, You have a very informative site, THANK YOU. I have a large family history of Breast cancer. My mother (one of 12 children - 6 girls 6 boys) was diagnosed with pre-menapausal breat cancer at the age of 36. She had a masectomy and chemotherapy, was ''cancer free'' for 2 years+, then diagnosed in August 1994 with mastastized breast cancer in the lung tissue. She died March, 95. Three of the 6 sisters, including my mother have had breast cancer, 2 fatal cases, all premenapausal. My mothers paternal aunt also had breat cancer. The remaining three sisters without breast cancer have fiberous breast tissue and have had several biopsies with negative results. I will be 30 this year, have had my first mamagrams at 23 and ultra sounds of both breast. My doctors are great. They are suggesting a BRCA 1 and 2 testing and possible prophylactic mastectomy. My sister had a prophylactic mastectomies at age 32 without testing (family history being the biggest factor). What is your suggestion regarding prophylactic mastectomies without testing, Or testing in my case with a negative result if that should occur?

A: Women have been embarking on prophylactic mastectomies if they have significant family history and/or are genetically positive. i''m a believer in getting testing so that you have more information. this information is helpful not just for you but for your family members too. it also would influence whether others should consider testing as well. and it may influence whether ovaries need to be considered for removal. prophylactic mastectomy has been proven to dramatically reduce risk of breast cancer down to 1-2% for women who carry the gene and are at very high risk. if you want to come our way just call 443-287-2778. consider all your reconstruction options, like diep flap too....

Diagnosis of lung cancer

A: hello first of all thank you for your input with my struggle to go home or not and my heart is telling me I do need to go to my dad and mom asap I would like to help you also I know with my Dad he was diagnosed during a routiene chest xray while hospitalized with congestive heart failure he had been on oxygen for emphysema also had a triple bypass 5 years prior and by the time they found the lung cancer he was already stage 2 I know it is scarey I ask why with all the medical checks ups he has had why wasn''t it found earlier how could it grow so fast but I quess none of those answers can change any of it My son has the high iron def. you...


I am 39, post mastectomy & TAC chemo, finished rad 2wks ago, on herceptin. Mother had bilateral IDC with mets, died after 5 yrs at age 57. Her father died of lung cancer, and his 3 sisters (my great aunts) all had cancer too (1 breast, others unknown). I am negative for BRCA 1&2. Genetics counselor wants me to have addtl genetics testing for ''cryptic mutation''. I know my risk for metastasis is high given number of + nodes (13/21). I am wondering about risk of contralateral bc and whether to have prophylactic mastectomy and/or hysterectomy.

A: there may be other BRCA genes we simply don''t have a blood test for yet though. your family history is significant but its degree of significance is clouded by not having details about the other great aunts. 1 in 3 people develop some type of cancer-- we only focus on familiar history of breast, ovarian, melanoma and pancreatic as being red flags for genetics of breast cancer. that said, considering prophylactic mastectomy is very reasonable. if hormone receptor positive removal of ovaries may be of multiple benefit. if you wish to come to us...

What are the symptoms of lung cancer?

A: I wouldn''t worry too much. You are young, your history of smoking was relatively short, and you have quit. lung cancer doesn''t have to have symptoms. I lost my best friend of 30 years to lung cancer. She wasn''t diagnosed until she was already at stage IV--the next to last stage. She died three months later. However, when I would spend weekends with her (she lived about 75 miles from me), she would cough a lot every morning for years. But listen, this probably won''t happen to you--especially since you''ve stopped smoking. If you parents are dead or if you have close relatives who have died, did they die from

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