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How much time does it take for smokers to get cancer?

How much time does it take for smokers to get cancer?

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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Which type of cancer is specific for cigarette smokers?

Which type of cancer is specific for cigarette smokers?

Several types...: Tobacco smoking is associated with the development of many types of malignancies. Lung cancer is one that most people think of, but smoking is also associated with greater likelihoods of cancers of the lip, mouth, tongue, throat, esophagus, urinary bladder, uterine cervix, and anus (to name some). Smoking is one of the worst possible habits for the human body... ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for smokers to get cancer?

How long is it supposed to it take for smokers to get cancer?

Many years: It typically takes 10 to 20 years of tobacco use before cancer shows up as a complication of smoking. ...Read more

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How high is the possibility of getting cancer for chronic smokers?

How high is the possibility of getting cancer for chronic smokers?

Too High!: The risk of many cancers is increased by smoking, especially lung cancer. Plus there increases in other medical problems such as heart disease. And there are increased medical problems from the second hand smoke. See this link from the cdc for more details: http://www.Cdc.Gov/tobacco/basic_information/health_effects/cancer/. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what number of non-smokers die of cancer each year in the us?

Can you tell me what number of non-smokers die of cancer each year in the us?

About 1/3 of all: Cancer deaths in the us are related to smoking. About 500, 000 people die of cancer each year, which means about 320, 000 or so of those deaths are in non-smokers. However, since smokers are now only 18% of the population, their risk of cancer is twice that of non-smokers in general, and for some cancers (like lung) 85+% of cases are in smokers, and for head/neck cancer 90% are smokers/drinkers. ...Read more

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Is there a significant difference in cancer rates between light and heavy smokers?

Is there a significant difference in cancer rates between light and heavy smokers?

Yes: The risk for lung cancer is significantly higher in heavy smoker than light smokers.The risk of developing lung cancer. 0.2% for men who never smoked (0.4% for women) , 5.5% for male former smokers (2.6% in women) , 15.9% for current male smokers (9.5% for women) , 24.4% for male “heavy smokers” defined as smoking more than 5 cigarettes per day (18.5% for women). Consider to quit smoking now. ...Read more

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Please can someone tell me how many non-smokers die of cancer each year in the us?

About 1/3 of all: Cancer deaths in the us are related to smoking. About 500, 000 people die of cancer each year, which means about 320, 000 or so of those deaths are in non-smokers. However, since smokers are now only 18% of the population, their risk of cancer is twice that of non-smokers in general, and for some cancers (like lung) 85+% of cases are in smokers, and for head/neck cancer 90% are both smokers/drinkers. ...Read more

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Do smokers surely always develop cancer or is there some possibility of not getting it?

Not always cancerous: Smoking is known to cause certain cancers such as lung and larynx and smoking increases the risk of developing those cancers. However, not everyone who smokes will develop cancer. Still, it also has other adverse effects on the heart, lungs, skin, and blood vessels (not to mention breath and wallet!) so why smoke? ...Read more

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Is it possible for an ex-smoker to get cancer later on in life if they don't have cancer now.

Yes: Ex-smokers are at higher risk of cancer than never smokers. The risk does decline with the passage of time. ...Read more

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I'm a smoker..Can I have esopheogal cancer?

I'm a smoker..Can I have esopheogal cancer?

Yes, can be likely.: Smoking is a major risk factor for squamous esophageal cancer. Alcohol use is another major risk factor, and the combination with smoking is synergistic, or greater than the sum risk for both. ...Read more

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