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“It’s clear that an ounce of prevention here is worth a pound of cure,” says Keller.

“Without smoking, 90 percent of lung cancer would go away.”

Newscaster who succumbed to lung cancer

Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association



Your Self chec Keeping Healthy Guide

You’ve heard all the clinical reasons why. Just remember one other thing; it’s not a joke. Smoking can really kill you and those who breathe in your second-hand smoke.

We cover smoking in this guide but there are other causes you should be aware of that are risk factors for lung cancer. We’re hoping that knowing what they are will help you to avoid them.

Quick Tip: If you are a smoker or ex-smoker, ask your doctor or healthcare professional if you should have a lung scan.

What to do

If you’ve had trouble stopping smoking, or really didn’t have the motivation before, the following should convince you about the very best reasons to stop.


What Actually Happens to Your Body When You Stop Smoking

The benefits to your family and your health start from within 20 minutes of you putting out your last cigarette and you’ll decrease the risk of someone you care about dying of second hand smoke. Your body will begin to repair the damage done through smoking almost immediately, kick-starting a series of beneficial health changes that continue for years.

20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal

8 hours: Oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.

24 hours: Carbon monoxide has been eliminated from your body.
Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

48 hours: There is no nicotine left in your body. Your ability to
taste and smell is greatly improved.

72 hours: Breathing becomes easier. Your bronchial tubes begin
to relax and your energy levels increase.

2-12 weeks: Circulation improves throughout the body, making 
walking and running a whole lot easier.

3-9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems get better
as your lung function is increased by up to 10%.

5 years: Heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

10 years: Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Risk
of heart attack falls to same as someone who has never smoked.

Need we say more? It’s time.

Source: The benefits of smoking timescale is based on 1990 The Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

IMPORTANT: The information on the cancer pages of this site was culled by the director of Self chec and initially reviewed by the folks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the newest information from the national cancer advisory organizations, including, but not limited to, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and American Cancer Society. We recognize that the national cancer advisory organizations sometimes do not agree about specific cancer guidelines, often making it confusing to the public about what to do. That is why we are asking you to err on the side of caution by always consulting a healthcare professional to advise you in the healthy choices you will make. Thank you.


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One Comment to “Lung”

  1. Robin

    My sister died of lung cancer way too young she had just turned 45 when she finally succumbed after a valiant two plus year battle. She fought to the
    very end and she is still so loved and missed. That was in June of 2007. She still left her mark on all the people that ever met her. She will not be forgotten ever or easily!

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