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Is lung cancer more deadly in smokers than in nonsmokers?

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Is lung cancer more deadly in smokers than in nonsmokers?

Postby crandall » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:21 pm

My mom never smoked but she was exposed to second hand smoke for more than a decade. I've been worried about her and she's seeing a doctor in a couple days to talk about her symptoms, which have included persistent cough and neck swelling that's lasted for at least a couple months. And something really weird happened a couple days ago when she SUDDENLY lost her voice out of nowhere, NO FEVER or anything; actually, instead of losing her voice, it's more like her voice became raspy and hoarse and the coughing became much worse..

IF my mom ends up having cancer, is it going to be just as bad as if a smoker got cancer? Or do nonsmokers (at most secondhand) who end up coming down with cancer tend to get the less severe forms of lung cancer? I'm guessing it's that your chances of getting lung cancer are lower if you were never an active smoker, but if you are one of the unlucky minority who do get it, then it's just as bad as if you were a heavy smoker...in other words, once you have lung cancer, it doesn't "help" that you never smoked yourself...=(

Thank you very much for your help.
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Is lung cancer more deadly in smokers than in nonsmokers?

Postby deke » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:27 pm

My mom never smoked but she was exposed to second hand smoke for more than a decade. I've been worried about her and she's seeing a doctor in a couple days to talk about her symptoms, which have included persistent cough and neck swelling that's lasted for at least a couple months. And something really weird happened a couple days ago when she SUDDENLY lost her voice out of nowhere, NO FEVER or anything; actually, instead of losing her voice, it's more like her voice became raspy and hoarse and the coughing became much worse..

IF my mom ends up having cancer, is it going to be just as bad as if a smoker got cancer? Or do nonsmokers (at most secondhand) who end up coming down with cancer tend to get the less severe forms of lung cancer? I'm guessing it's that your chances of getting lung cancer are lower if you were never an active smoker, but if you are one of the unlucky minority who do get it, then it's just as bad as if you were a heavy smoker...in other words, once you have lung cancer, it doesn't "help" that you never smoked yourself...=(

Thank you very much for your help.
Lung cancer is no more dangerous in smokers, just a lot more likely.

Don't worry about it being lung cancer unless your mother has a diagnosis.

There are other conditions this could be.

The throat swelling is of more concern.
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Is lung cancer more deadly in smokers than in nonsmokers?

Postby knocks » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:33 pm

Someone having a lung cancer if he smoke or not is same thing.But the risk of her having lung cancer are really lower than a person who smoke.Although you said she's often exposed to secondhand smoke wich is really not good.My parent smoke and they have been smoking for 30 years.I am expose to secondhand smoke but I often do jogging and other exercise just to get out of the house free from smoke.Is really sad that people get lung cancer when they never even smoked all because of others.As for your question she might have a better chance of survival than a person who smoked his entire life but it doesn't change the fact that she has lung cancer.Is all about luck but try and convince her to stay away from smoke from now on.I hope she doesn't get lung cancer or any form of illness.
I wish you the best.
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Postby ranell38 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:35 pm

Any lung cancer is serious. However, you mom is unlikely to have lung cancer if she never smoked. Sure, it happens, but it's rare. People who never smoke or even have exposure to second hand smoke can get lung cancer, but that's super rare. So, no need to be worrying or panicking now. There are a dozen lung ailments that give you a cough and a fever besides lung cancer. It could be a simple allergy, asthma or even a lung infection. Wait until the doctor cheeks her out.
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Postby frika74 » Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:37 pm

yes.
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