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If it takes 20 years to get cancer, and a parent smokes next to her new baby, can the baby have lung cancer by age 20 years?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
10 doctors agree

In brief: 1+1 not always 2

While we know a lot about risk factors for cancer, we really cannot predict when cancer will develop based upon exposure to known carcinogens.
To be fair, it is unlikely to see lung cancer in a 20 yr old, but there is absolutely no reason why any mother should ever smoke anywhere near her baby, ever.

In brief: 1+1 not always 2

While we know a lot about risk factors for cancer, we really cannot predict when cancer will develop based upon exposure to known carcinogens.
To be fair, it is unlikely to see lung cancer in a 20 yr old, but there is absolutely no reason why any mother should ever smoke anywhere near her baby, ever.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Seema Patel
The child is at risk for developing repeated ear infections, viral infections, asthma that can all affect their growth. I agree with the other physician, there is NO REASON to smoke around a child ever.
Dr. Bennett Werner
I agree with the other doctors. Moreover, it sets a bad example. Children emulate their parents.
Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Smoking is a dose effect risk.
The longer and more you smoke the greater the chances for lung cancer. Casual second hand smoke over many years is still dangerous but the situation you described is not harmful. It will be if e mom continues to smoke around children.

In brief: No

Smoking is a dose effect risk.
The longer and more you smoke the greater the chances for lung cancer. Casual second hand smoke over many years is still dangerous but the situation you described is not harmful. It will be if e mom continues to smoke around children.
Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott
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Dr. Eric Toloza
but they still could get lung cancer from the second hand smoke. so best to stop smoking both for yourself and for the baby
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