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Lung Node Cancer

Risk Factors for Lung Nodules

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). 

Locations for Lung Nodules