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How do you know if you have lung cancer

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How do you know if you have lung cancer
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 11 months ago.


The most effective imaging is high resolution CT scan./

This detects lung cancer earlier than x ray.

If you are not a smoker, lung cancer is very unlikely./

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Expert:  DocPhilMD replied 11 months ago.

Thanks for this question

Sometimes, in early stages there are no symptoms

Later stages can present with chronic cough, coughing with blood production, shortness of breath and chest pain

The symptoms are very non specific usually.

However, if you have risk factors for lung cancer you need imaging like a chest xray

Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 11 months ago.


In fact recent studies have shown that even with a negative x ray, CT will detect nodules.

It saves lives.

Talk with your doctor about this.


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I am not a smoker
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 11 months ago.

Then not likely you have cancer at all.

Why would you think so.



There are other reasons for cough.

Talk with your doctor.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No not coughing up blood.
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 11 months ago.

Did not ask you that.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
not a persistent cough
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 11 months ago.


The answer to your question is that you don't have lung cancer.

I am not sure what your question is at this point.

Do you have health anxiety?

Do you have a fear of cancer?

Let me know.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
if you did, would you be coughing steady.
Expert:  DrThomasMd replied 11 months ago.

Not necessarily at all.

But you don't have it?

So clearly there are other problems here.

In any case. You might or might not have a cough.

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