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A 34-year-old member asked:

If i smoke will i get lung cancer?

5 doctor answers24 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Masiello
Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Not necessarily.: Smoking and lung cancer is not a sure think, it is a risk. A better statement would be, if one smokes, the risk of getting lung cancer increases.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 26 years experience
Increase your chance: You will increase your chances of premature death, lung cancer, a number of other cancers, and heart disease. What do you get for that? Bad breath and ugly teeth.
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Agree. Nothing good comes from smoking. By the way how much does a pack of cigs cost now?
Apr 4, 2012
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Highly likely.: While risk varies for different people, the main risk factor for lung cancer is tobacco use, especially cigarette smoking.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
15%: 15% of smokers (>100 cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. If you stop smoking, your risk of lung cancer decreases each year after stopping.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Great answer!
Apr 11, 2012
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Possibly: Agree with dr. Cooke. 15% of smokers (>100 cigarettes in a lifetime) develop lung cancer. 80% of all lung cancer is caused by smoking. Additionally, numerous other diseases and cancers are related to smoking. Please, speak with your family physician and get help to stop. Risks of lung cancer: http://goo.Gl/gu9ms.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How probable is it to get lung cancer when you don't smoke?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Not rare: 10-15% of lung cancers occur in non-smokers. 16-24, 000 americans die of lung cancer each year are "never smoked" patients. If you just took the "never smoked" group of lung cancer deaths, completely separate from the “smokers”, the "never smoked" lung cancer disease would rank among the top 10 fatal cancers in the United States.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are your chances of getting lung cancer if you only smoked once?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
TOB and CA: The studies show that the risk of lung cancer goes up with the more you smoke. Pts are considered at high risk for lung cancer if they smoked one pack a day for 30 years. Or 2 packs a day for 15 years.. and so on. Smoking once in your life will not raise your risk of lung cancer.
A 35-year-old member asked:

If I smoked, should I get tested for lung cancer?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Yes.: If you smoked, you should definitely get follow-up to be sure you don't have lung cancer. This is really important if you still smoke now. If you quit, your risk of lung cancer goes down with time, to the point of being similar to non-smoker risk. But you should get follow up with imaging studies of the lung, and other lung tests.
A 30-year-old member asked:

For what length of time can you smoke until you get lung cancer?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Non specific: Smokers get more lung cancer. Heavy smokers get more lung cancer, but even minimal smokers, and second hand smokers can get, and have higher occurrence of lung cancers number of packs per day, and years used increase risk.
Santa Clara, CA
A 52-year-old female asked:

Can you get lung cancer if your spouse smoked for years?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Yes: A small percent of folks get lung cancer without any identifiable risk factors. I've autopsied at least three people with smoker-type lung cancer who did not smoke themselves but whose spouses were heavy smokers and the house was smoke-laden. I believe this causes the disease. Hope you'll be okay. Best wishes.

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