Certain factors that increase the likelihood of developing cancerous lung nodules include:
- Age – People over the age of 50 stand a higher likelihood of developing lung node cancer
- Smoking – Current and former smokers are more likely to have cancerous lung nodules than those who have never smoked.
- Occupation – Some occupational exposures raise the likelihood that a lung nodule is cancer.
- Medical history – Having a history of cancer increases the chance that a lung nodule is malignant.
- Other cancers - Cancer from other regions of the body that has spread to the lungs (metastatic cancer).