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How long does it take to develop lung cancer?
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
6 doctors agree
In brief: Lag time
Only 15% of smokers get lung cancer.
There is generally a 15-20 year lag time between smoking and lung cancer development. Some never smokers are genetically predispositioned to lung cancer, and may develop lung cancer at a early age.

In brief: Lag time
Only 15% of smokers get lung cancer.
There is generally a 15-20 year lag time between smoking and lung cancer development. Some never smokers are genetically predispositioned to lung cancer, and may develop lung cancer at a early age.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not quickly
This is a very variable situation depending on cancer type and can take many years for a small cancer spot to grow into a larger detectable mass.

In brief: Not quickly
This is a very variable situation depending on cancer type and can take many years for a small cancer spot to grow into a larger detectable mass.
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Dr. Ritesh Rathore
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: ?
In brief: ?
Children and teenagers can get lung cancer.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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