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Doctor insights on: Lungs After Smoking For 2 Years

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How to tell if I have lung cancer after only smoking 2 years?

How to tell if I have lung cancer after only smoking 2 years?

No test: Lung cancer generally develops over numerous years. Having smoked does increase risk over longterm. It is unlikely for you to develop lung cancer in short term. Stopping, and stopping young will allow your increased risk for both lung and other diseases to decrease. http://goo.gl/q3itr. ...Read more

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 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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I'm a 38yr old female I quit smoking two years ago and I have upper back pain on the left. I don't have any other symptoms of lung cancer ... Is it possible?

I'm a 38yr old female I quit smoking two years ago and I have upper back pain on the left. I don't have any other symptoms of lung cancer ... Is it possible?

Chest pain: I would never say that the possibility of cancer in a smoker should be dismissed. If the pain doesn't resolve then see your dr. I'm not sure what you're smoking history was. If the pain continues you should get it evaluated. If you're coughing up any blood then see a physician soon. ...Read more

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30 years old-dyspnea for past 4 weeks-quit smoking after two weeks-chances of lung cancer? COPD?

30 years old-dyspnea for past 4 weeks-quit smoking after two weeks-chances of lung cancer? COPD?

Not now but...: It deoends on your smoking exposure. Don't touch the evil weed again ever. See a pulmonologist. Stay off of it. It is poison! ...Read more

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I have a half pack year history of smoking for the last one year. If I quit within two months, how long will it take for my lungs to detoxify?

I have a half pack year history of smoking for the last one year. If I quit within two months, how long will it take for my lungs to detoxify?

Do it fast!: Every day of smoking causes damage. So sooer you quit better of you are. The benefits start showing within a matter of days. Lungs improve within one to two months. Rest of the systems take a little longer. But quit now... Why wait for two months? ...Read more

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I'm 17 have been smoking for a year and in the last half a year almost two packs a day do I have bigger chances of getting lung cancer?

I'm 17 have been smoking for a year and in the last half a year almost two packs a day do I have bigger chances of getting lung cancer?

Quit Now: Quit NOW, before it's too late. Now the increased risk you have done to your body is largely theoretical (although some might argue some permanent harm has already been done). Keep it up for a few more years and we will be able to tell you more precisely how much you are risking your life.
Don't start killing yourself until you are at least out of your teens. When UR older, you'll know better. ...Read more

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I went to urgent care four days ago with major breathing problems I'm 27 yrs old I've been smoking cigarettes since I was 13 for more than two years a I've been smoking a pack or more a day ...my chest still burns even though they gave me medicine to help

I went to urgent care four days ago with major breathing problems I'm 27 yrs old I've been smoking cigarettes since I was 13 for more than two years a I've been smoking a pack or more a day ...my chest still burns even though they gave me medicine to help

Question?: You don't need me (or anyone else) to tell you what to do to get better. You all ready know. Whether you use hypnosis, yoga, transcendental meditation, behavior mod, gum, patches, pills or whatever — do something now and try to reclaim the 50 years you're robbing from yourself. Good luck! (ps: only you can do it.) ...Read more

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Is there a procedure which can assess the extent of damage done to the lungs by smoking, with a history of smoking for 2 years?

Is there a procedure which can assess the extent of damage done to the lungs by smoking, with a history of smoking for 2 years?

Yes: Two years of smoking will do very little measurable damage to the lung in most individuals, but lung function tests can detect tobacco induced damage if it is present. More importantly if you quit now, you can avoid a lifelong accumulation df damage that can lead to lung cancer and or emphysema. ...Read more

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I've been smoking since 2 years.age 19. I want to start boxing now.will my lungs be able to function like clean lungs or they'll stay damaged?

If you stop smoking: They will get better within months, and within a few years will be back to their normal state of health (although the dark staining of the lungs doesn't go away). But you have to STOP, or the damage will continue, and it will affect your endurance, strength and stamina. ...Read more

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I'm 26 and have been smoking for 14 years 1 pack a day over 10 and more recently 1 1/2 packs a day how bad are my lungs?

I'm 26 and have been smoking for 14 years 1 pack a day over 10 and more recently 1 1/2 packs a day how bad are my lungs?

Smoking: Your doctor can test your lung capacity but more importantly, the sooner you become smoke free the better. It will lower, but not completely remove, the risk of illness and poor quality of life and finances due to smoking. Check w/your doctor or local hospital for a smoking cessation program referral. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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In what condition would a person's lungs be in after 10 years of smoking?

In what condition would a person's lungs be in after 10 years of smoking?

Good, Bad, or Ugly: Is asking if such lungs will remind us of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly... after 10 years of intentionally inhaling the smoke... such lungs with be both Bad and Ugly. However, there is hope in life. Never smoke anything again, from this moment onward. That may mean avoiding people who smoke, and may mean avoiding other forms of tobacco, avoiding vaping, and avoiding other addictive substances. ...Read more

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What do the experts think, should my lungs ever fully recover from 6 years of heavy pot smoking?

What do the experts think, should my lungs ever fully recover from 6 years of heavy pot smoking?

Yes in six years.: Spray saline into your nostrils frequently to flush out allergens and irritants. You will get the best care in a long term relationship with a provider who knows you over time. Discuss this with that provider. ...Read more

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I'm smoking from past 4 years how much my lungs could be damaged? If I quit by now will they become healthy again?

I'm smoking from past 4 years how much my lungs could be damaged? If I quit by now will they become healthy again?

Quit NOW!: The good news is you are still young and have not been "smoking for that long." nothing good comes from smoking, and the sooner you quit the better. Everyone's body is different, but at your age, stopping smoking can certainly help your lungs heal from any damage done and you have a good chance to have healthy lungs. Good luck, you need to quit now! ...Read more

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I quit smoking. I smoked for 4 years year 1=1-2 a week. Year 2&3=6-7 a day. Year 4=max of 9 a day. Can my lungs return to pink and how long can it take?

I quit smoking. I smoked for 4 years year 1=1-2 a week. Year 2&3=6-7 a day. Year 4=max of 9 a day. Can my lungs return to pink and how long can it take?

It depends: The party line is that risks from having smoked go back pretty close to baseline after 6 months tobacco free. This implies the lungs are more or less normal. This would be particularly true at your age. I suggest that patients continue to use a nicotine replacement for at least six months particularly if it helps them feel better. ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black?thanks

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black?thanks

Don't know: It is great that you are stopping. The degree of damage depends on many factors but you can be sure there will be less damage if you, stop now. Try to focus on your improved health rather than the possible da age you have done. It will help you to keep up the good work! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

Yes--perhaps: Studies suggest that almost as soon as you stop smoking your lungs begin to clear. If you have not done permanent damage through cellular changes, you will gradually return to pre-smoking health. ...Read more

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After years of smoking weed, wouldd your lungs get filled with resin like a pipe?

After years of smoking weed, wouldd your lungs get filled with resin like a pipe?

No. Be glad.: Your lungs are self-cleaning. Even the carbon that accumulates in tobacco smokers is often largely gone a few years after smoking cessation. The nonparticulate matter (resin) in smoke is removed via the mucociliary elevator. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the lungs to regain normal functioning and cleanse itself after quitting 8 pack-years of smoking?

How long does it take for the lungs to regain normal functioning and cleanse itself after quitting 8 pack-years of smoking?

weeks: Bronchial inflammation and increased mucus production should return to normal in 1-2 mo. Bronchospasm from smoke irritation should also be much better after a couple of weeks. Frequently nasal congestion and post nasal drainage clear in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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I started smoking 8 years ago. I am quitting. How long will it take for my lungs to be normal? How long until my body is nicotine free?

I started smoking 8 years ago. I am quitting. How long will it take for my lungs to be normal? How long until my body is nicotine free?

Never normal: Your lungs will never go back to "normal"; that being said, you will arrest further development of lung disease, so it is always a good idea to quit smoking. Good luck! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. What state are my lungs, how it looks any idea?

At your age the: Damage is probably minimal, and as long as you don't start again, your lungs will likely make a full recovery. If you quit for ten years, your chances of getting lung cancer are about the same as someone's who never smoked. Your use pattern is light, which makes these predictions even more likely to come true. ...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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I quit smoking 20 years ago are my lungs still damaged?

Smoking: Risk of lung cancer from smoking returns to normal after 10 years of not smoking. ...Read more

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I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

2 years: There is research that suggests being smoke free for 2 years returns much of the function. 10 months sees a major improvement. ...Read more

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I've been smoking cigarettes for nearly 20 years, how do I cleanse my lungs?

Stop smoking: Nothing but time will "cleanse" your lungs, meaning allowing them to heal. You can never completely undo the damage of smoking but risks of heart disease and cancer to decrease the longer it's been since you stopped. So stop smoking. ...Read more

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What repercussions on lung function can 6 years of 1pack/day of smoking have?

Can cause damage and: Decreased lung function and increase your risk for many cancers, . Quit now before you do more damage. ...Read more

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What happens if you've quit smoking at 25 years old. About how long will your lungs take to get back to where they were?

What happens if you've quit smoking at 25 years old. About how long will your lungs take to get back to where they were?

Maybe 5-8 years: It is hard to find research on that particular issue, but there are tests that a Pulmonary Specialist can perform (FEV1, lung capacity, arterial blood gases), that could check how good your lungs currently are. For long time smokers, 10-15 years to reduce risk of lung cancer to normal population. ...Read more

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Copd, I have been diagnosed with COPD and it was attributed to my smoking over 20 years ago. I thought your lungs recovered over time?

Sorry: Unfortunately the lung does not recover and our lung function will deteriorate with aging whether you're a smoker or not. ...Read more