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    What is the percentage of smokers that develop lung cancer?

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    Dr Sujoy Mitra

    Medical Oncologist (Cancer Specialist)

    Medical oncologist and clinical haematologist treating all malignancies apart from acute leukaemias. View Profile

    There is no evidence to show the percentage of smokers that later develop lung cancer .
    Lung cancer is currently responsible for more deaths than breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined
    Research has found that changes in women’s smoking habits during the last several decades have significantly increased their risk of dying from lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when compared to past female smokers.
    As lifetime smoking behaviors for men and women have become increasingly similar, risks of death from smoking have also become similar. The relative risks of death from lung cancer, COPD, stroke, and heart disease are now nearly identical for female and male smokers.
    For women who smoked in the 1960s, the risk of dying from lung cancer was 2.7 times higher than that of nonsmokers. The risk of dying from COPD was 4 times higher among smokers than nonsmokers.

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