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Doctor insights on: How Many Years Does It Take To Develop Lung Cancer From Smoking

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How many years(average) of smoking(half a pack per day) does it take to get lung cancer?

How many years(average) of smoking(half a pack per day) does it take to get lung cancer?

None...: ...Even non-smokers get lung cancer. For people having the genetic machinery to get lung cancer (which isn't everybody), smoking increases the chances of lung cancer by an average of 50-fold. The problem is that we don't yet know what genes make smokers susceptible to cancer. It's best not to roll those dice at all. If you want help stopping, tell your doctor. There are many new options to help. ...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


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Is lung cancer common in teens either smoking or not? How long will it typically take for risk to drop sustantially after 2 years ocasional smoking

Is lung cancer common in teens either smoking or not? How long will it typically take for risk to drop sustantially after 2 years ocasional smoking

No...: Teen lung cancer is not common. The risk of lung cancer drops the longer you have been quit. This link really spells it out better then 400 words: http://goo.Gl/vd4ue. ...Read more

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Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get cancer; you can also get lung cancer if you have never smoked a cigarette in your life. Smoking is like playing russian roulette. Electronic cigarettes help you quit, only if you are serious about quitting. ...Read more

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What my percentage chance of having lung cancer from smoking for the past 5 years?

What my percentage chance of having lung cancer from smoking for the past 5 years?

Relatively low : But rising every day! quit while you can and you can get back on track of survival close to your age peer group by avoiding smoking for the next 8-10 years. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 13 year old that has been smoking for two years to develop lung cancer?

Is it possible for a 13 year old that has been smoking for two years to develop lung cancer?

Probably not.: This would be exceedingly rare, as most lung cancer occurs in older adults with significant (i.e. Decades-long) smoking history. There would likely be a significant familial component to lung cancer that develops in a 13-year-old, regardless of whether they smoke(d) or not. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develope lung cancer after 2 years of smoking?

Is it possible to develope lung cancer after 2 years of smoking?

Yes, but...: Lung cancer in the "never smoked" population, if looked at as a seperate disease would rank in the top 10 lethal cancers in usa. Yes still at risk after smoking. Stopping allows the increased risk for both lung and other diseases to decrease. You should work with family physician to maximize overall wellness. http://goo.gl/q3itr. ...Read more

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Chances of having lung cancer smoking 2-3 cigarets a day since 25 years old now 44?

Chances of having lung cancer smoking 2-3 cigarets a day since 25 years old now 44?

Higher than nonsmoke: The chance that you develop lung cancer is still significantly higher than other people who don't smoke. Why do you have to push your luck on this matter. It is never too late to quit smoking. ...Read more

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Smoking (Definition)

More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more


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Lung Cancer (Definition)

From national cancer institute: "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 non-small cell lung cancer. These types are diagnosed based on how the cells ...Read more