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How Many Ciggarettes Does It Take To Get Cancer
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
It is variable: There was an old number that was thrown around when I was in training, that if an individual smoked at least seven cigarettes, they had a >90% chance of becoming tobacco dependent. There are people who smoke "socially" and don't progress, but the vast majority will increase smoking to the average 30 cigarettes per day, and ultimately suffer the harms that smoking causes. ...Read more
Unknown and variable: Common sense says that the longer you smoke and the more cigs you smoke, the higher the risk for cancer (lung, throat, kidney, bladder, etc). How this applies to a particular individual, is not possible to guess. It may be decades for some, and a few years for others. If you smoke, STOP. Your risk may not drop as low as a never-smoker but should go down with time. ...Read more
Good question: But the problem is nobody can answer for sure. I guess it would require exposure for a few years but remember that cancer is seldom a one hit deal, a person may have predisposing factors that could lead to cancer with shorter exposure. Since you can't know for sure, why risk it? If you dip, quit right away. If you don't, stay that way. Spittin' in a can is kind of nasty anyways....Ugh. ...Read more
Very quickly: Because smokeless tobacco is held between the cheek and gum it is absorbed very quickly into the blood stream in very high concentrations. It is the difference between alcohol abuse and IV drug use, the latter is more potent and more quickly addictive like smokeless tobacco. ...Read more
Unclear question: What is ut? Cancer usually does not have a fixed dose of any of the etiologic factors. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
Varies- Quit Tobacco: It usually takes years to decades, however, oral cancer has developed in teenagers using chewing tobacco. Quit the habit as it may take a short time in a suseptible individual. Other factors being hpv infection, immune status and genetic make-up of the person, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not sure that: Any one has done the human experiment of snuff dose/time/exposure to discern minimal dose and time of a carcinogen to cause a potentially lethal event. It would be unethical. Dipping and snorting a carcinogen maybe legal, and in our libertarian culture, you are entitled to do it. Adolescents as young as 15 have developed h&n cancer/. ...Read more
A good amount, but..: Generally, these types of adverse events are associated with long term sun exposure over time, however, genetics and other factors play a part as well and can accelerate this. The best thing to do is always wear a good sunscreen containing uva and uvb protection and to wear a hat when in the sun. Prevention here is the key and everyday makes a difference. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No one knows exactly: They suggest a minimum of two mutations for development of cancer. It can be several mutations together at multiple locations causing cancer. Fyi, the estimated number of human protein-coding genes are estimated between 25, 000-30, 000. So you can imagine how may possibilities for mutation exist in each gene. ...Read more
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