Can Recurring Pneumonia Become Lung Cancer?

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hello doc, my name is hardi wiranata, i have had wet lungs since I was 2 years old, and until now I am 22 years old, have been treated, disappeared for a while and reappeared, can my illness trigger lung cancer? its symptoms, chest pain, shortness of breath but I don’t have asthma, dry cough almost 2 months high, often sweat is not clear, especially in the palms and thank you dOc.

1 Answer:

Hello Hardi,

Thank you for the question.

Wet lungs (pneumonia) are indeed susceptible to infants, especially those not immunized. This condition mainly occurs due to infection (such as viruses, bacteria, and even other microorganisms), but can also be triggered by aspiration (choking of foreign objects other than air into the lungs). Clinically, this pneumonia can indeed cause fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, dry cough, and also excessive sweating as you experience.

However, it should also be understood, that pneumonia is not an incurable disease. If it is true that your condition has been treated, then if the risk factors are avoided, then you can be free from recurrence of this disease in the future. Pneumonia often recurs if there is no optimal treatment or if your immune system is not good, for example due to malnutrition, HIV-AIDS, or also the side effects of immunosuppressant drugs. In addition to pneumonia, a variety of symptoms that you experience can also arise due to other factors, for example bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pleural effusion, other respiratory infections (acute respiratory infections), gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, inflammation bowel, heart problems, allergies, and so on. So, your complaints have not improved, other than due to pneumonia that has not healed or recurred, it may also actually occur due to other diseases as mentioned earlier.

So far, it is not known that pneumonia can increase the risk of lung cancer. More likely, this condition is triggered by exposure to cigarette smoke, exposure to chemical substances (such as radon, asbestos, arsenic, nickel), as well as genetic factors (for example if you have a family history of lung cancer).

However, even though it does not have the potential to cause lung cancer, the complaints that you experience still need to be checked directly to a doctor or doctor of internal medicine so that it is handled properly, so it does not continue to repeat and disrupt your activities.

Meanwhile, in order to resolve your complaint, the following steps can also be done:

Do not smoke, stay away from the smoke too
Take paracetamol when you have a fever
Live a healthy lifestyle, including regularly resting, exercising every day, maintaining personal hygiene and the environment, eating a variety of healthy and nutritious foods, and drinking lots of water
Use a mask when in a public place
Avoid exposure to substances that might make you allergic
Also avoid contact with chemical substances that trigger cancer, as mentioned above

Hope this helps ...

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