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What are the chances of lung cancer after heavy smoking for 39 years?

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How likely will my husband get lung cancer? He smoked 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day for 39 years, and stopped smoking 2 years ago.
Posted Sun, 26 Jan 2014 in Lung Cancer
Answered by Dr. Satyadeo Choubey 52 minutes later
Brief Answer: Get screened annually by low dose CT scan Detailed Answer: HI, Thanks for your query. Your husband has smoked 39-78 pack years of cigarettes till now. So there are chances of getting lung cancer. But not all smokers get a lung cancer, as it needs gene-environment interaction. Be cautious, get a chest radiograph done and follow it annually or 6 monthly. or else if you have facility of getting screened by low dose CT scan , thats a good option. Also be cautious of alarming symptoms like weight loss, chest pain, bloody sputum etc... Best wishes
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