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i been smoking since 4yrs and i am going to medical advice for abroad so does chest xray shows defects on me?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
20 Pack Years: If one smoke a pack of cigarettes per day for one year their risk of cancer is one pack year. If they smoke two packs per day this is two pack years, cancer risk skyrockets in humans once a risk of twenty pack years has been reached. You have been smoking for 21 years. This means you are well beyond the 20 pack year risk and very well may have or will develop cancer.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

I been smoking since 4 years now em going through my medical advice for abroad does chest xray shows any defects?

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Dr. Neil Lall
Radiology 12 years experience
Maybe: Typically a short history of only a few years of smoking won't show changes on x-ray but it varies from person to person and is also very dependent on how many cigarettes you smoke. But it's never too early to quit.

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