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Epidemiology: health statistics and demographic statistics?

Epidemiology: health statistics and demographic statistics?

Multiple locations: Government agencies, special interest and single issue organizations, health organizations, groups, and non-profit associations have websites and may post stats. Also, depending on type you are looking for, cdc has national center for health statistics, and a faststats section on website. Also nat'l institutes of health website, nih.Gov has many. ...Read more

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What percentage of smokers succeed at quitting?

What percentage of smokers succeed at quitting?

Hard to say: The majority of people who have quit smoking in the last 40 years have done it without any medical help, so we really don't know true %. Of people who come to us for help, the vast majority have failed to quit on their own.For that group, about 5% will succeed on "will power" alone, about 15-20% will quit with the combo of a program and nicotine products/Zyban ,40% with chantix/program ...Read more

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Who here recommends uses of smokeless tobacco over smoking?

Who here recommends uses of smokeless tobacco over smoking?

Pick your poison: While lung disease risk may be lower with nasal and oral tobacco, you will get higher risk of oral, head and neck cancer. The most compelling reason to switch from smoke to smokeless is cutting down second hand smoke exposure for your friends and family. They will appreciate it, especially when they see the horrible suffering you endure after your head and neck cancer surgery. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction. What are the odds?

Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction. What are the odds?

Better: Quitting improves them. Work with family physician towards comprehensive wellness. It's important to understand there are numerous disease that smoking will increase risk. Per lung cancer, there are some online resources to help calculate risk: http://goo.Gl/divhj and http://goo.Gl/r9ita. ...Read more

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Epidemiologists, where can I find credible health statistics and demographic statistics?

Epidemiologists, where can I find credible health statistics and demographic statistics?

Multiple locations: Government agencies, special interest and single issue organizations, health organizations, groups, and non-profit associations have websites and may post stats. Also, depending on type you are looking for, cdc has national center for health statistics, and a faststats section on website. Also nat'l institutes of health website, nih.Gov has many. ...Read more

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Family history lung cancer before 50. I'm 32 former smoker. Good age for low dose CT screen? I do not fit current screening requirements. Studies say I have 80% increase lc risk, scared!

Family history lung cancer before 50. I'm 32 former smoker. Good age for low dose CT screen? I do not fit current screening requirements. Studies say I have 80% increase lc risk, scared!

Too early to screen: Fam hx of lung cancer in a first degree relative? Less concerning if it is not. Former smoker at 32? What is your pk/yr smoking history? Risk does not increase significantly over nonsmokers until > 10 pk/yr. Smoking assoc lung cancer is very rare before 45 yoa. If lc is in first degree relative & smoking hx >10 pk/yr and very concerned discuss with your PCP and get low dose CT at 45 then every 2 y ...Read more

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Smoking tobacco is major risk factor for pancreatic cancer. What about vaping marijuana (not tobacco e-cigs), smoking it or edibles have same risk?

Smoking tobacco is major risk factor for pancreatic cancer. What about vaping marijuana (not tobacco e-cigs), smoking it or edibles have same risk?

Probably okay: Nobody has shown these to risky for pancreatic cancer. Any use of nicotine is extremely dangerous as it is horribly addictive. Cannabis may make you goofy but that is your choice. Be aware of the law, whether or not it seems wise. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction?

Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction?

Yes: Quit smoking risk of lung cancer and several other life threatening conditions go down. One's breath and clothes smell better also! think of the $$$$ /saved. ...Read more

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Osteosarcoma mets both lungs, any statistics on survival rates?

Osteosarcoma mets both lungs, any statistics on survival rates?

Specialist help: The are many studies but each case is variable. You are not a statistic. Osteosarcoma pulmonary metastasis: prognostic factors of 88 ... www.asco.org/ascov2/meetings/abstracts?&vmview=abst... May god bless you. ...Read more

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Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Best nci national cancer institute breast cancer risk assessment tool?

Gail Risk Assessment: Gail breast cancer risk assessment tool. See: http://www.Cancer.Gov/bcrisktool/. ...Read more

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What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient with bone metastasis age 72 male. Had quit smoking 25 years back.

What is life expectancy of lung cancer patient with bone metastasis age 72 male. Had quit smoking 25 years back.

See below: It depends on several factors; pathology molecular status (egfr/alk) and other medical problems. Discuss with your oncologist. ...Read more

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Odds of lung cancer in 28 year old male. Never smoked regularly, used to smoke occasionally socially <100 total cigarettes? 4+ years with no smoking.

Odds of lung cancer in 28 year old male. Never smoked regularly, used to  smoke occasionally socially <100 total cigarettes? 4+ years with no smoking.

Congrats: Although even a single cigarette can impact the lung tissue, you are not at higher risk to develop lung cancer with just 100 cigarettes. The trick is to avoid the temptation given how addicting cigarettes can be. ...Read more

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My spirometry test results . Do I have early emphysema? (my results) fvc 107% of predicted fev1 95% of predicted fev1/fvc 90% of predicted fef25/75 62% of predicted pefr 125% of predicted im a 45 year old male who quit smok

My spirometry test results . Do I have early emphysema? (my results)       
fvc         107% of predicted
fev1        95% of predicted
fev1/fvc   90% of predicted
fef25/75  62% of predicted
pefr        125% of predicted
im a 45 year old male who quit smok

Spirometry: The large airways appear to be within normal limits but the fef25-75 is suboptimal. The fef25-75 is currently the best method to evaluate the small airways of which it appears that you do have some obstruction taking place. ...Read more

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What are the lung cancer survival rates for non smoker?

What are the lung cancer survival rates for non smoker?

Stage dependent: Once cancer develops, survival is based on the stage. Smoking has little to do with survival at that point. The higher the stage, the lower the survival. ...Read more

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28/f. Subplueral lung nodule in peripheral base. Accidental finding on ct. Quit smoking 4 years ago. What's the chance its cancer? I'm petrified.

28/f. Subplueral lung nodule in peripheral base. Accidental finding on ct. Quit smoking 4 years ago. What's the chance its cancer? I'm petrified.

Some chance,, : Because you've had a history of smoking there is some chance that this can be cancer. However, you're young at 28 years and it takes a long history of smoking for this to develop, and the location is on the periphery which is not a common place for lung cancer from smoking to show up in. It may be something else that isn't related to smoking. It's best to see your dr. ; possibly get it biopsied. ...Read more

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What is the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

What is the stage 4 lung cancer average survival rate?

Survival : Only god knows how long we are going to live and when we are going to die. Having said that, at least based on studies we have on average - 15 months would be the average survival rate. It could be shorter or longer than that. With better understanding about the biology of the cancer and the use of newer biological agents in the appropriate case- survival would be longer hopefully. ...Read more

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