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Could I have lung cancer?

My name is Dawn, I am 40yrs old and a heavy smoker. I just recently had several tests to confirm that I have COPD and I am in the early stages of emphysema. I have had a CT and an X-Ray and was confirmed with having several nodules on both of my lungs. Thay are about 5 to 6mm each. I having a time with breathing and my chest always feels soo heavy. I cough constantly and my upper back hurts alot too. I have another CT scheduled on the 26th and then an appt. with my Pulmonary Doctor on the 2nd of Sept. He said that he can't say for sure that they are malignant, but he wants to do follow-up CT's every 3 months. I am very concerned and having been researching the internet about lung cancer. Could it be that I do have lung cancer? Please reply, very scared.
Thanks, Dawn
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Hi Dawn,

with your history it is possible it could be lung cancer, but it is also possible that lesions seen are just scarring and nothing serious.

However, your smoking is very damaging to your health.  Your best bet would be to stop smoking to feel better and also to minimise damage.

I have read that stopping cold turkey can be the best way.  However, ask your doctor's advice and assistance on stopping smoking too.
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