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What are the odds of a 25 year old man who has never smoked

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What are the odds of a 25 year old man who has never smoked getting lung or pancreatic cancer?


Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Smoking is only one factor in developing any kind of cancer. Many people with lung or pancreatic cancer have never smoked or been around people who do. It is certainly one risk factor and not smoking improves your odds of avoiding all kinds of cancer. However, no one can predict who will get cancer and who won't.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
But is it unlikely that someone that young who hasnt smoked would get lung or pancreatic cancer or is it a semi-common occurance? As far as I know most people who get these cancers have smoked and are at least in their 40's.

It is uncommon to get lung cancer or pancreatic cancer at 25 whether one smokes or not. Both are more common as a person ages.

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