How common is lung cancer following bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Although guidelines have routinely recommended follow-up chest radiography in order to exclude underlying lung cancer, studies have found that the incidence of lung cancer following pneumonia is relatively low. One study suggested that age 50 years and older, male sex, and smoking are the only patient characteristics that were independently associated with a new lung cancer diagnosis. [77]


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