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how many cigarettes does it take to get lung cancer

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Dr. Al Hegab
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39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Lung cancer: Isn't the only problem with smoking, other lung diseases, heart diseases, blood pressure, bladder cancer, and a host of other health problems, you are ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
No: Cigarettes are responsible for the overwhelming majority of lung cancers but is not the only cause. Some other lung carcinogens include asbestos, cadm ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ben Ferguson
9 years experience General Surgery
No.: It's not common for teenagers to get lung cancer, smoking or not. A small fraction of a percent of lung cancer patients are diagnosed before the age o ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Absolutely: Primary smoker and second hand likely as well from your family. Stop now to get back to a lower risk strata!
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
Do You FeeL Lucky?: No set answer. Depends on how much you smoke, your sex (women seem to be more sensitive), genetic susceptibility, and other enviornmental factors like ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable time: Each person has different susceptibility to cancer and the time from exposure to tobacco to cancer is extremely variable. However, if you use tobacco ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Unknown and variable: Common sense says that the longer you smoke and the more cigs you smoke, the higher the risk for cancer (lung, throat, kidney, bladder, etc). How this ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: Radon is one of the factors which can cause lung cancer, but like everything else, it happens over time. It can take months to years to decades to hap ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable: The time from the start of insult to development of cancer varies with the genetics of the person, type of insult, intensity of insult etc. The soone ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
ONE IS: One too many.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get c ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not sure: Cancer development generally requires a "latent' period to develop. How long that is, is different for different people and different cancers. Best to ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Good question: But the problem is nobody can answer for sure. I guess it would require exposure for a few years but remember that cancer is seldom a one hit deal, a ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
?: Children and teenagers can get lung cancer.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Lower: Less than 20"% i think.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Many things: Chemicals in the cigarette my cause cellular change in the lung as well as nicotine which can cause cancer in the mouth as well Cigarette smoke its ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
It is variable: There was an old number that was thrown around when I was in training, that if an individual smoked at least seven cigarettes, they had a >90% chan ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
A few years can do i: Smoking can cause cancer . It usually takes several years, typically more than 10 years before it becomes a serious hazard. If you smoke more than one ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Many years: It typically takes 10 to 20 years of tobacco use before cancer shows up as a complication of smoking.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
43 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: It depends on the stage of the disease the survival for stage 4 limited.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
59 years experience Family Medicine
Lung cancer: It is known that smoking causes lung cancer, but no one knows how to determine exactly how much smoking in a particular individual will cause the canc ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Spiers
30 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It depends: On the cancer type and other metastasis. Generally, advanced cancers do not do well, but some people do well after a brain met is removed. By well, i ... Read More
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
32 years experience Anesthesiology
This varies: Esophageal cancer is inoperable when it spreads through the layers of the esophagus to the surrounding tissues and lymph nodes. I should redefine ino ... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Pain relief: Is reported for severe pain. Some mind relief as well. Possible action with other narcotics - morphine as used by hospice organizations. Smoking any ... Read More
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