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Mouth cancer from smoking ?

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I've been smoking for about a year or more now, now I'm palnning to quit, but I just want to ask - how high is my risk getting mouth cancer or any of the other diseases caused by smoking.
And do the simptoms appear soon or can it take even years to find out about, for example, cancer?

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replied April 26th, 2010
Cancers Answer A11565
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the health hazards associated with cigarette (tobacco) smoking and the time lag after which the symptoms appear due to their bad effects.
Tobacco use leads most commonly to diseases affecting the heart and lungs, with smoking being a major risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),and cancer (particularly lung cancer, cancers of the larynx and mouth, and pancreatic cancer). It also causes peripheral vascular disease and hypertension.
A person's increased risk of contracting disease is directly proportional to the length of time that a person continues to smoke as well as the amount smoked. However, if someone stops smoking, then these chances gradually decrease as the damage to their body is repaired. A year after quitting, the risk of contracting heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker. The health risks of smoking are not uniform across all smokers. Risks vary according to amount of tobacco smoked, with those who smoke more at greater risk.
Hope this helps. Take care.

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