Smoking and Cancer
University Cancer Services
1350 Walton Way
Facts about Lung Cancer
- Survival rates for lung cancer have been only 12-15 percent.
- 1.6 times more women die from lung cancer than breast cancer each year.
- The disease causes no symptoms in its early stages.
- Tumors picked up by routine chest X-rays are generally so advanced, treatment cannot do much to prolong a patient's life.
- Almost 85 percent of lung cancer is discovered at a late stage after it has begun to spread.
- Detected in stage 1, lung cancer can usually be removed surgically without the need for chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy treatment.
Stop Smoking Now
When you stop smoking, you immediately begin to reap the benefits of a new healthy lifestyle. According to the American Cancer Society, these are the changes that take place in your body when you stop smoking:
Within 20 Minutes
- Blood pressure drops to normal.
- Pulse rate drops to normal.
- Body temperature of feet and hands increases to normal.
After Eight Hours
- Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
- Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
After 24 Hours
- Chance of heart attack decreases.
After 48 Hours
- Nerve endings start regrowing.
- Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
After 72 Hours
- Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier.
- Lung capacity increases.
Within Two Weeks to Three Months
- Walking becomes easier.
- Lung function increases up to 30 percent.
Within One to Nine Months
- Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
- Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs and reduce infection.
- Body's overall energy level increases.