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Lung Cancer

Blood in sputum

08/20/2007

Question:

I sometimes have pinkish or blood in sputum but I think it comes from my sinuses. I have only smoked for less than 10 years about 7 I think. I do not even smoke one pack a day. I am 37 years old. Do you think I could have lung cancer already?

Answer:

It probably isn't lung cancer; however, with your smoking history you are at risk for lung cancer.  To be sure, I would have your doctor get an X-ray.

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Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati