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Smoker Lungs After 5 Years
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
I am 25. 5 yrs smoking history but quit it 3 mnths ago. Coughing brown phelgm & chest pain sometime. Is it lung cancer or lung cancer possible at 25 ?
Yes!!!: Congratulations on quitting! back in june, a study was published demonstrating that the longer one stops smoking, the better. This study also show benefit can be gained even in those who are older than 80yo. In other words, there's no age at which it's too late to quit smoking. Check out my interpretation of study at http://alvinblin.Blogspot.Com/2012/06/our-older-smokers-should-they-quit.Html. ...Read more
I am 31 female and started smoking at 13. I smoked 1 to 2 ppd. I quit smoking 6 years ago cold turkey. What are my risk factors for lung ca? Run daily
Congratulations!: 5 years after quitting: Your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker 2-5 years after quitting. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder is cut in half after 5 years. (US Surgeon General's Report, 2010). 15 years after quitting The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker's. (US Surgeon General's Report, 1990). ...Read more
Quit smoking cigs after 4 pack years. Still smoke alot of marijuana and have for 7 years. Chances i have lung cancer? Should i get a chest xray or no?
Lung CA &chest xray: Well first of all please stop smoking tob and do not start again. MJ can have real adverse effects as well. Having been a doc for nearly 25 years I can tell you over time it will fry your brain. CXR for lung cancer has not been shown to help find it early. CT scans can find it before you have symptoms but it finds lots of things that aren't cancer too. Re;only for heavy smokers ...Read more
Had a cold 3 months ago but can't get the flem out of my lungs weez when i breath non smoker no asthma. 51 years old live in n michigan
15 pack year smoker, 40 years old, quit recently, past 5 years benign colon and uterine polyps. No imed fam cancer. Suggest screening for lung cancer?
No: You do not meet the recently determined criteria for lung cancer screening which is 30 pck/yrs and older than 55.Risk of lung cancer attributed to smoking is logarithmic meaning each extra year multiplies the risk rather than adding to it. Studies show that approx 10% women who smoke their entire lives die of lung cancer but only 1% who quit by age 40 die of lung cancer. Dont start back & u r good ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Low dose chest CT scan dangerous if tested yearly around age 40? Mom smoked cigs & died at 49 from BAC. I quit weed @ 32 but never heavy smoker.
Difficult to predict: It is good that you are quitting smoking. It takes a while for the body to recover from the damage of tobacco and your risk will be lower due to quitting than it would be otherwise. I wish you the best in your effort to quit use of tobacco. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If 16 years old smoke 8 month electronic cigarets (very small amounts per day) and then quit. do he have higher lung cancer risk than no smoker?
No data available: These products have not been available long enough,or studied well enough to answer this question.This product does not contain some of the dozens of toxic materials in inhaled spoke from regular cigarettes.However, the use of the lungs as an entry point for this or any drug exposes the lung tissue to damage, if that substance can do so on a cellular level. ...Read more
28 yrs old smoked 1/2 to 1 pack a day for 13 yrs quit 5 months ago what is the likelyhood of me developing lung, oral, or throat cancer etc?
Low: I'm very glad you stopped. With fewer than ten pack years, your risk for lung, mouth and throat cancer is well above that of your never-smoking peers, but is still relatively low. Just make sure you never resume this habit, and go through life as if you expect to be healthy and happy -- guessing odds does no good. ...Read more
Quit smoking 6 months ago after 25 years smoking , my spo2 does sometimes be 93% other times 96% . How long or will my breathing ever improve ?
Yes: This question cannot be answered accurately without knowing your physical condition. However, the longer you go without smoking or abusing your lungs in other ways the more likely that this will occur. The process is likely to be gradual and you may not notice the improvement as it happens, but you will have instances when you can see the improvement. ...Read more
I quit smoking 8 months ago after 35 plus years and got asthma after quit i have been vaping since not much could vaping cause asthma?
No one knows: I'm astounded with how prevalent vaping is becoming. We have absolutely no idea of the short or long term effects. Quitting smoking is great for your health on a number of fronts, including the cardiovascular benefit. Be honest with yourself. Do you really want to risk it? I'm your age. Time grows short... ...Read more
27 yo smoker 11 pack years. Burning sensation in lungs. Just finished antibiotics. Pft normal low dlco. But smoked before test. Quitting. Copd?
I've smoked 1-2 cigarettes or 1 cigar a day for 6 years (not much!). Could I still get mouth cancer?
Blood in saliva. None when I cough. Diagnosed w/ GERD. Did test and lungs are fine. Quit smoking over one year ago. ?
Several thoughts: If a person has blood in saliva, but non on coughing, it suggests the blood is either coming from the gastrointestinal tract or the sinuses and nasopharyngeal area. Possibilities include bleeding gums, nose bleed, tumors in the sinuses /nasopharyngeal area. Reflux esophagitis or other lesions in the esophagus or stomach can cause blood in saliva. If it persists see ENT Dr first,If ok> GI Dr next ...Read more
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