Risk of Lung Cancer for Former Smokers

Blog Post created by CJ_A on Mar 8, 2020

Risk of Lung Cancer for Former Smokers


The risk of lung cancer in former smokers is significant. In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers diagnosed with the disease each year, and the risk remains significantly elevated even 25 years after quitting. That said, the risk decreases with time and it's never too late to quit.


The majority of people who develop lung cancer today are non-smokers. Some people have never smoked (and at least 20 percent of women who develop lung cancer are never smokers), but the majority of people diagnosed today are former smokers.
Lung cancer occurs more often in people who've already kicked the habit, and that act of courage may have occurred well in the past.


I've wondered what my risk were since quitting. I haven't seen much discussion here, I guess because of it's unpleasantry, but after quitting I started reading and thought I'd share this article with you.


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Risk of Lung Cancer in Former Smokers