Apologize for this question ahead of time......
Hello All, first of all, I'd like to apologize for even being here since I have had no diagnosis of cancer and no family member with lung cancer. My mother had breast cancer 6 years ago and is cancer-free today, thank God.
I've been driving myself crazy lately and have been looking for answers when I stumbled across this message board and thought I would ask some questions, if no one minds.
First of all, I am 32 years old and have been smoking for about 10 years. Of course, I smoke more now than I used to, but I'd say to average those 10 years out, we could say I'm a pack a day smoker. Lately, I've been having some symptoms that are scaring me. I have a cough, but I've had it for awhile now and always attributed it to "smoker's hack". I really haven't noticed a tremendous change in my breathing patterns, although sometimes I feel a little short of breath. I do experience hemoptysis on rare occasions. I just had a little girl 9 months ago, and I had experienced blood in my sputum then (very small amount only once or twice). I mentioned it to my doctor then, and he said it was sinuses (without any examination). Well, it went away and I hadn't experienced it again until recently. Again, it's only a tiny amount and it has only happened about 3 times. I do have LOTS of phlegm that I have to cough up every single morning and sometimes throughout the day (sorry if that's TMI). I'm constantly exhausted, although I think that could be from sleep deprivation and taking care of an infant.
Anyway, I think that's all of the relevent symptoms I have, I was just wondering if anyone (besides me) thinks this sounds like LC? Can hemoptysis occur for reasons other than cancer?? Thanks in advance for any and all advice. God Bless you all.