Oncology Questions? Ask an Oncologist for Answers ASAP
You have a high risk and lung cancer screening investigations are recommended. A history of smoking for 30 pack years or longer will increase the risk. Multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked a day and the number of years that you smoked will give the pack years. Therefore 30 pack years of smoking means smoking a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years.
Have you had any investigations done? Did you consult your doctor about how to quit smoking?
If it has been two years since the last evaluation for lung disease, I would recommend getting the same done again now.
Studies have shown that when you stop smoking there is certainly a reversible component of lung damage, and you can get back to almost normal lung function after a few years.
It is never too late to get a healthy lifestyle :)
Your body will thank you for it,
Dr. Gupta, MD