Q. Will I get lung cancer with a 3 year history of smoking?

Answered by
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 17, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 07, 2022

Hi doctor,

I am 17 years old and turning 16 this month. I have been smoking marijuana and cigarettes for nearly three years or maybe less. I have been feeling pressure or a bubble like feeling in my left lung. I have really bad anxiety when it comes to thinking that I have cancer. It paranoids me. I also feel that my left lung is larger than the other when I breathe in and look down. But, I have not been having the main symptoms of cancer like coughing blood, peeing blood, loss of appetite, etc. I have been dizzy, but that is when I get up from sitting and I think that is normal. I went to the hospital a year ago as I had so much anxiety about the possibility of developing lung cancer and death. Then did x-rays and scans, But they found nothing and sent me home. They said it was chest wall pain. I just want to know, is it possible that I could have lung cancer? Can someone as young as me get lung cancer? If it is not lung cancer, then why am I expericing this discomfort in my left lung?



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  • Lung cancer at this age is rare. Also, three years is not a duration that will lead to cancer and exposure needs to be in decades.
  • Also, you already underwent investigation and found nothing. I think you should not be worried at this stage. Your symptoms are psychological.
  • You probably focus on giving up the addiction. You can use nicotine gum for smoking de-addiction and for marijuana you visit local de-addiction center.
  • Also, do regular exercises, chest physiotherapy and try to ignore these problems. I guess, you do not have other symptoms like shortness of breath.

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