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How does smoking cigarettes cause some cancers?

How does smoking cigarettes cause some cancers?

Tobacco: When burned produces a number of arylhydrocarbons, and other carcinogens that directly attack human dna leading to mutations. Some are repaired, others propagate over time, mean time, nicotine addicts. The more exposure, probabilistic risk increases for cancer, cardiovascular and lung disease. Evidence is overwhelming indisputable.. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Does smoking cause mesothelioma?

Does smoking cause mesothelioma?

No: Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable, health-related deaths in the United States. Quitting smoking, or never starting in the first place, reduces risk of several life-threatening diseases. Cigarette smoking has been related to emphysema, heart disease, lung and throat cancer, and bladder cancer, but not mesothelioma. ...Read more

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How can smoking cigarettes cause cancer?

How can smoking cigarettes cause cancer?

Serious consequence: Smoking causes more than four in five cases of lung cancer. Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. Tobacco smoke contains more than 70 different cancer-causing substances. When you inhale smoke, these chemicals enter your lungs and spread around the rest of your body. Scientists have shown that these chemicals can damage dna and change important genes. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause emphysema?

Does smoking cause emphysema?

Definately: Smoking is the number one risk factor for the development of emphysema. Other risks include family history, a genetic predisposition (such as Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency) and occupational exposure (usually related to dusts). If you have no desire to develop emphysema do not smoke. ...Read more

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How can cigarette smoking cause bladder cancer?

How can  cigarette smoking cause bladder cancer?

Carcinogens: Cancer causing compounds in the smoke get inhaled and enter your bloodstream. While the lungs get the first pass, the kidneys and liver have to get rid of them. ...Read more

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Could smoking cigars (occasionally) cause cancer?

Maybe: You cannot tell how much is too much or "how many" will cause cancer. My advise is that you completely avoid tobacco products. It's like playing russian roulette. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana cause tongue cancer?

Can smoking marijuana cause tongue cancer?

Maybe: The link of marijuana to tongue cancer is not conclusive. Marijuana contains chemicals which are carcinogens and some data suggest increased risk of oral cancer. However, a definitive link has not been proven and most organizations have no conclusive position on this issue. ...Read more

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Can smoking cigars (occasionally) cause cancer?

Can smoking cigars (occasionally) cause cancer?

It could: Most cancers are the result of multiple factors that affect the cells at the same time or in sequence. No one can tell for sure how much exposure to a toxin will be enough to cause cancer in an individual. My advise is that you completely avoid tobacco products. They are expensive and dangerous in many ways. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can smoking weed cause cancer?

Marijuana & Cancer: There is no proof any any cancer in the United States developing from marijuana use. This topic is very well fleshed out by numerous articles and such online. There is a pathologist in olympia washington who also has published his research on this very issue. ...Read more

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Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Yes, tobacco use in: Any form increases the risk of cancer. The risk of lung cancer in pipe smokers is not as high as in cigarette smokers, but is higher than in non-smokers. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Yes: Smoking is one of the leading causes of bladder cancer. In fact very recent studies have shown an even higher link between smoking and bladder cancer thanv previously thought. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause breast cancer?

Does smoking cause breast cancer?

No: No direct correlation with breast cancer, and smoking. There is direct correlation with several other cancers, and smoking. Lung cancer, head and neck cancer, bladder cancer is to name just a few. ...Read more

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Would smoking weed cause cancer?

Would smoking weed cause cancer?

Maybe: Despite a fair amount of study, nobody's been able to show a cancer risk. Perhaps this is because people don't smoke nearly so much of the stuff as they do cigarettes. Unfounded scare-talk about this drug, which is becoming legal in parts of the us, tends to erode the effectiveness of real warnings about the true dangers of meth, cocaine, heroin, and the others. Still, why take a drug to be silly? ...Read more

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How can smoking cause lung cancer?

Many ways: Smoking accounts for the vast majority (but not all) cases of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains many substances (carcinogens) that predispose to cancer. They do this in different ways, like interfering with normal lung cell functions, making them divide more rapidly or die more slowly, or by suppressing the normal immune response to tumors. Don't smoke. ...Read more

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How does smoking cause bladder cancer?

How does smoking cause bladder cancer?

Carcinogens: Just like lung cancer and smoking, there is association between bladder cancer and smoking. The carcinogens taken up by the body are excreted into the urine which was held in the bladder and all those chemicals can then act on the lining of the bladder to cause cancer. ...Read more

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How does cigarette smoking cause bladder cancer? If yes, then how often?

How does cigarette smoking cause bladder cancer?  If yes, then how often?

See answer: Perhaps a better way to answer is that approximately 50% of bladder cancers are thought to be caused by smoking. It is far more difficult to assign an absolute risk of cancer development in a given smoker. ...Read more

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How does smoking cigarettes cause some cancers?

Tobacco: When burned produces a number of arylhydrocarbons, and other carcinogens that directly attack human dna leading to mutations. Some are repaired, others propagate over time, mean time, nicotine addicts. The more exposure, probabilistic risk increases for cancer, cardiovascular and lung disease. Evidence is overwhelming indisputable.. ...Read more

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How can cigarette smoking cause bladder cancer?

Carcinogens: Cancer causing compounds in the smoke get inhaled and enter your bloodstream. While the lungs get the first pass, the kidneys and liver have to get rid of them. ...Read more

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So what specifically is happening when a heavy smoker begins to get recurring pleuritis directly caused by the cigarette smoking? No cancer or asthma

Good question: To attribute recurrent pleuritis to smoking cigarettes is perhaps problematic. I'm not an expert in recurring pleuritis but i would be looking for other possibilities. Chronic coughing might make irritation of the pleura more likely but i'm not aware of the chronic bronchitis so common in smokers being the source of pleuritis you may have heard this from someone who knows more than i or not. ...Read more

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How can smoking cigarettes cause cancer?

Serious consequence: Smoking causes more than four in five cases of lung cancer. Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. Tobacco smoke contains more than 70 different cancer-causing substances. When you inhale smoke, these chemicals enter your lungs and spread around the rest of your body. Scientists have shown that these chemicals can damage dna and change important genes. ...Read more

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Smoking how many cigarettes a day cause cancer?

100: 100 cigarretes on a lifetime increases risk for at least 10 years. However about 20% of smokers end up with lung cancer on their lifetime.However everybody does get emphysema to various degrees and accelerated arteriosclerosis triggering heart attacks and strokes at a younger age by persistent cigarrete smoking.Animal experiments dogs usually get cancer after 13, 000cigs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how smoking cigarettes cause cancer?

Can you tell me how smoking cigarettes cause cancer?

Nobody truly knows: but the chronic irritation of certain aromatic hydrocarbons in the smoke ("tars") progressively irritates cells, increases the number that die, with new ones taking their place that over many years become more and more abnormal (metaplasia), finally becoming very abnormal (dysplasia) and ultimately becoming cancer (neoplasia). I do not know the exact cellular mechanisms, but some scientists do. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some diseases/kinds of cancer caused by smoking cigarettes?

Could you tell me what are some diseases/kinds of cancer caused by smoking cigarettes?

Lots: One of the worst and most deadly is oral cancer. When you get your teeth cleaned at your dentist's office make sure they include an oral cancer screening. ...Read more

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Is there a link between cigarette smoking and breast cancer?

Is there a link between cigarette smoking and breast cancer?

Yes: Smoking is linked to all kinds of cancers. Bottom line is there is nothing good about smoking. ...Read more

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How long does it take before cigarette smoking to give you lung cancer?

Wish we knew: The medical community wishes we knew the answer to this question. It's not as simple as #of years smoking=risk of cancer. There are other factors related to contracting cancer - genetic disposition and other "triggers". If you're currently smoking, the sooner you quit - the better! that we know for sure. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can daily cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption increase the liklihood of getting cancer when there is no family history of cancer?

Can daily cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption increase the liklihood of getting cancer when there is no family history of cancer?

Yes, of course: Any smoking increases the likelihood of cancer. Smoking means purposely breathing in toxic chemicals, over and over... and that's a bad thing. Unfortunately, smoking is extremely addictive and is a good money-maker for the companies that grow, manufacture, ship, and sell tobacco products. ...Read more

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What causes bladder cancer if not smoking? I've recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer by my doctor, who said it's almost always caused by smoking. I'm 55 now, and smoked two cigarettes when i was a teenager. Could diet or something i've been drinkin

What causes bladder cancer if not smoking? I've recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer by my doctor, who said it's almost always caused by smoking. I'm 55 now, and smoked two cigarettes when i was a teenager. Could diet or something i've been drinkin

Dyes and chemicals: It doesn't sound like smoking has anything to do with your bladder cancer. Were you exposed to aniline dyes, chemicals, or chemotherapy in the past? These are risk factors. Sometimes it's just plain bad luck. Whatever the cause, there are good treatments. Don't blame yourself! ...Read more

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Can you get cancer easily from smoking different brands of cigarettes?

Can you get cancer easily from smoking different brands of cigarettes?

No real difference: What counts is the total amount of tars and other carcinogenic substances found in smoke, not whether you use one brand or twenty. Some brands have more tars than others, but it depends as much on your smoking pattern (holding low tar cigarettes right around where the filter begins shuts off the tiny holes in the paper and increases tars), including how deeply you inhale, how long you hold it etc ...Read more

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Smoking 15 years took about 30 to 40 cigarettes per week. I just left. That I have chances of getting cancer?

Smoking 15 years took about 30 to 40 cigarettes per week. I just left. That I have chances of getting cancer?

So you started when: You were 12? Let's hope you stay off. The nicotine addicts, the tobacco causes dna damage. Do not relapse. Your amount of smoking is one element, the duration of smoking another. There is no safe level of smoking. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer from smoking electronic cigarettes?

Can you get cancer from smoking electronic cigarettes?

Possibly: The studies are beginning to indicate that e-cigs can cause lung injury. Certain chemicals in the liquid are able to cause lung inflammation. If this inflammation continues over years, damage to the DNA can occur. This represents a similar pathophysiology as what happens with smoking cigarettes. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes?

What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes?

Why chance it: As per the CDC: People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or smoking occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer. The more years a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the more risk goes up. ...Read more

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How long before you can get cancer when you start smoking cigarettes?

How long before you can get cancer when you start smoking cigarettes?

Depends: It depends on many factors, but from the practical standpoint, who cares? The important things are: if you don't smoke (or use any tobacco product), never start. If you do, stop right away. It is never too late. Work hard at it. Don't give someone your hard earned money so you can get sick later. ...Read more

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How quickly can you get cancer from smoking cigarettes, but only for like 10 months and not everyday?

How quickly can you get cancer from smoking cigarettes, but only for like 10 months and not everyday?

Quit ASAP!!!: It usually takes years, but why do you want to take a chance. Quit as soon as you can. Cancer is only one of the harmful effects of smoking, others being heart attacks, COPD and emphysema and many more. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I would get cancer from smoking cigarettes? Does everyone who smokes get cancer?

No, not everyone: There are more than 50 million smokers in the US, and about 1 million people a year get cancer, and about half of them will die from it. Over 90% of the 200 thousand deaths per year of lung and head/neck cancer are directly due to smoking, as are many other kinds of cancer (often smoking together with excessive alcohol use). Smoking also kills people from heart attack, stroke and other illnesses. ...Read more

Cigarette Smoking (Definition)

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