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How long does it take to develop lung cancer?

How long does it take to develop lung cancer?

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. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take for esophagal cancer to develop?

How long does it take for esophagal cancer to develop?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take for throat cancer to develop?

How long does it take for throat cancer to develop?

Used to be "throat": That is base of tongue, tonsils, oropharynx, structures above true cords, were cumulative risk of heavy smoking. Today, the viral hpv pair var. 16, 18 have taken over as # 1 cause. Hpv infects easily, but causes cancer infrequently. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cancer to develop from metaplasia?

How long does it take for cancer to develop from metaplasia?

Depends on the type: This process is quiet varied and can take mints to years and not all metaplasia will turn malignant. ...Read more

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Generally, how long does it take cancer to develop?

It depends...: Different type of cancers develops differently. For example, it takes approximately 10 years for colon cancer to do so, hence the recommendation to have colon checked every 10 years. Breast cancer is generally more rapid. Pacreatic cancer is yet even faster... ...Read more

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How long does it take for oral cancer to develop?

How long does it take for oral cancer to develop?

It can take long.: Most patients present at over age 50. Tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, is certainly a risk factor. There may be few or no symptoms. Mouth cancers can present as non healing ulcers that can be painful. Rarely, there can be painless lymph node enlargement. Patients are staged by size of tumor and lymph node involvement. ...Read more

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How long does it take to develop oral cancer symptoms?

How long does it take to develop oral cancer symptoms?

Sometimes never: If you believe you way have oral cancer see a dentist as soon as possible. Sometimes there are no symptoms. By the time you develope symptoms it is very late. ...Read more

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How long does it take for breast cancer to metastasize?

How long does it take for breast cancer to metastasize?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some cancer cells have the ability to metastasize very early in their development while other can be slower to metastasize. ...Read more

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Once it starts, how long does it take for lung cancer to grow?

Once it starts, how long does it take for lung cancer to grow?

Depends: There ars several different cancerous cell types. Some are fast growing and aggressive, while others are slow growing and less aggressive. There are widespread facts on each type available, but a diagnosis from biopsy is needed to answer your question accurately! ...Read more

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How long does cervical cancer take to develop?

How long does cervical cancer take to develop?

Long time usually: Median age at diagnosis is 49. This is why pap smears work- cervical cancer typically follows an orderly and fairly predictable progression from normal to atypical to cancer. This allows opportunity for intervention before true cancer develops. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HPV to develop into throat cancer?

Long time: Hpv is nearly ubiquitous, and most people will clear it without intervention. However, some people will not clear the virus and in a small number of patients the virus can be causative for some cancers, including oropharyngeal cancer (largely tonsil and base of tongue). This process is thought to take a long time, on the order of years. ...Read more

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How long does it take for HPV to become cancer?

How long does it take for HPV to become cancer?

Years/decades/never: Just because you acquire this germ does not mean you will develop cancer. It gives you a heads up so you may be better motivated to do regular health screenings.At the short end cervical cancer (or other forms) may arise after a few years/decades or never. Women have been doing related pap smear screenings for decades before we knew HPV could eventually cause the problem. ...Read more

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How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

How long does it take stage four colon cancer to develop?

Many years: Patients can present with stage-4 colon cancer. This takes many years(10+) years to evolve. But early colon cancer treated with surgery can alter relapse as stage -4 disease. This can happen in a shorter time, anywhere from one to 5 years.. ...Read more

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How long tongue cancer does take to develop fully?

How long tongue cancer does take to develop fully?

Depends: Depends what you mean by fully developed. A cancer can occur and grow within weeks to months and can spread equally as quickly or some can develop over short period of time. Each cancer is different. ...Read more

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How long does it take uterine cancer to develop and how fast does it spread?

How long does it take uterine cancer to develop and how fast does it spread?

Varies: Each cancer is unique. Some will grow very rapidly and spread to distant sites of the body at an early stage. Others will grow slowly and never metastasize. It is very difficult to predict. ...Read more

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How long does it take esophageal cancer to grow?

How long does it take esophageal cancer to grow?

No clear answer: While cancer doesn't develop overnight, processes leading upto cancer can take years. Here is a good overview on esophageal cancer http://www.Cancer.Net/cancer-types/esophageal-cancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get throat cancer from smoking?

How long does it take to get throat cancer from smoking?

Years: Smoking can cause many cancers. There is no data to predict how long it will take to cause cancer, like throat cancer. But the longer you smoke, the more chance you will get cancer. So it is better to quit smoking asap. ...Read more

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How long does it take for periodontitis to develop?

How long does it take for periodontitis to develop?

Depends : Periodontitis is an inflammatory condition caused by certain oral bacteria and characterized by bone loss around teeth. Some people can have very poor hygiene and never develop periodontitis. Others can have seemingly very good hygiene and struggle with ever increasing levels of bone loss. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more