Q. I am suffering from chest pain and my chest hurts on smoking. Is this indicative of lung cancer?

Answered by
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 16, 2019 and last reviewed on: Sep 16, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am a 28-years-old male with 250lb. I have little pain in the chest when taking a deep breath, especially in the morning. I do not have a cough at all when I try to cough hard sometimes there is little tiny blood in my saliva, and my mouth tastes bloody. I keep smoking these two weeks a lot which I can see when I smoke a lot my chest hurts, but this blood thing is scaring me that I may have lung cancer. What should I do?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern. First of all, do not think directly about lung cancer because the possibility of it is very less. Possibility of other smoking-induced lung diseases like pleurisy, lung infection, bronchitis, etc. is more likely. So please let me know,

1. Since how long do you smoke?

2. How many cigarettes per day?

3. Do you have breathlessness?

Please reply to me answers of above-asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further.

Thank you doctor,

I smoke for 10 years, yes I have breathlessness when I smoke a lot. I have a severe anxiety disorder, and one night, I read about lung cancer and how people with lung cancer cough blood. So I start for one week making my self put saliva from my throat sometimes there is tiny little blood, but when I put phlegm from my chest is not blood, but it is brown.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It will be better if you quit smoking as soon as possible. Have you ever undergone a chest X-ray? Have you ever experienced a PFT (pulmonary function test)? Both these tests are basic tests to diagnose any lung disease. In my opinion, you are having bronchitis. Please reply to me answers of above-asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further.

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