Sep 03, 2012 - 12:30 pm
My name is Julie and I am on the Thyroid Cancer boards. I am a three year survivor of Thyroid Cancer with double metastasis to the Lymph nodes. Oh, and who can forget my second primary cancer of Melanoma, which my Grandmother died from. Everyone in my family has had cancer which is why I am very active with ACS here in my town.
Here is my dilemma.... I recently quit smoking and learned that there are studies of quitters that got Lung Cancer because they quit smoking. I was prompted to look this up because my Dad's surgeon said something to me when my Dad was in the hospital dying from cancer. He said, "this is the type of cancer you get when you quit smoking." So.... my question is, are there any Lung Cancer patients that quit smoking, did not have lung cancer and then got a diagnosis? Are there any who never smoked and how many were still smoking when they were diagnosed? Some researchers say that smoking doesn't cause Lung cancer. Another says that the cells start to "overcompensate" so to speak and produce too rapidly in the healing process. I am very confused. Can anyone shed some light on this for me. I am seriously considering lighting up again.