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how long does it take to develop lung cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
?: Children and teenagers can get lung cancer.
Answered on Aug 27, 2019
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not quickly: This is a very variable situation depending on cancer type and can take many years for a small cancer spot to grow into a larger detectable mass.
Answered on Aug 27, 2019
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Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Lag time: Only 15% of smokers get lung cancer. There is generally a 15-20 year lag time between smoking and lung cancer development. Some never smokers are genetically predispositioned to lung cancer, and may develop lung cancer at a early age.
Answered on Jan 5, 2020
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