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2 times cxr, blood test.10yrs smoke.Stopped1.5month. Can i say do not have cancer now? Or possibilities are there that cancer not detected by cxr? M34

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Dr. James Davie
Pathology

In brief: Risk lowers w/ time

Cxr is not able to detect very small cancers (less than a pea).
It may take some cancers months to grow big enough. More importantly, stopping smoking is very good...But your risk of lung cancer will take many years to drop close to risk of a non-smoker. Smoking can cause mutations that prime tissue to more easily turn cancerous in the future (via the 'multiple hit' theory).

In brief: Risk lowers w/ time

Cxr is not able to detect very small cancers (less than a pea).
It may take some cancers months to grow big enough. More importantly, stopping smoking is very good...But your risk of lung cancer will take many years to drop close to risk of a non-smoker. Smoking can cause mutations that prime tissue to more easily turn cancerous in the future (via the 'multiple hit' theory).
Dr. James Davie
Dr. James Davie
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: A CXR is

A poor screen, no blood test helps.
If you are 34, and smoked for 10 years, and are now off for 1.5 months, congratulations...But the nicotine urge will call you back. Be strong, resist. Cancer free now, but the possiblity is not gone for years. Do not resume smoking.

In brief: A CXR is

A poor screen, no blood test helps.
If you are 34, and smoked for 10 years, and are now off for 1.5 months, congratulations...But the nicotine urge will call you back. Be strong, resist. Cancer free now, but the possiblity is not gone for years. Do not resume smoking.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Larry Grissom
Radiology

In brief: Not common

Cancer from smoking is less likely after 10 years of smoking, however, recent studies have shown that chest ct can discover cancer earlier than chest x-ray.
Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for the screening. The scientific pool of patients were older than 40 years old.

In brief: Not common

Cancer from smoking is less likely after 10 years of smoking, however, recent studies have shown that chest ct can discover cancer earlier than chest x-ray.
Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for the screening. The scientific pool of patients were older than 40 years old.
Dr. Larry Grissom
Dr. Larry Grissom
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