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A 32-year-old male asked:

recently read that smokers who suddenly lose the urge to smoke could be in early stage of lung cancer ? is this true in all cases?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
No: No none of the cases , smoking cause cancer of lung , may be coming to senses, and stoping , never too late.
Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
No: Most smokers continue to smoke even after the initial diagnosis of lung cancer is made. Once it sinks in, and they get pressure from the family members, they decide to quit. Surprisingly, a significant number start smoking again after treatment, thinking the problem is gone.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Smoking: Something has penetrated the psyche of a person who looses a desire to smoke that has nothing do to w/the onset of cancer. Whatever the cause, stopping smoking lowers health risks of many kinds. Peace and good health.

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