Did you smoke?

12 years 9 months ago - 12 years 9 months ago #22136 by Lady Jane
Did you smoke? was created by Lady Jane
Since we know smoking can cause bladder cancer I am wondering how many of us smoked/smokes?

I had quit for almost 6 years when I was diagnosed. I had no idea smoking could cause this type of cancer. The urologist's first statement to me after the cystoscopy was " how many cigarettes do you smoke?" I proudly said I didn't smoke anymore.
I am glad I had quit when I did and now I tell other smokers what happened to me.

Last week I read in a Time magazine ( not sure which issue) that not as much research dollars are put into bladder cancer versus for example breast cancer but they did report that one research finding stated that people with bladder cancer and smoked had a defective gene that resulted in bladder cancer 100%.
Unfortunately they did not provide a link to the statement. Go figure.

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12 years 9 months ago #22137 by drosenberg
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I was indeed a smoker, and I'm sure that it was, at the very least, a contributing factor. Smoking is somewhat akin to playing Russian Roulette. Unfortunately, it is an addiction easily acquired and extremely difficult to shake. I finally was able to do so, some 8 months ago, but it's a bit like closing the gate after the horses have fled.

Don

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12 years 9 months ago #22138 by Lady Jane
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Never to late to quit Don. Good for you. 8 months is great.

I have a program on my computer that keeps a running total of cigs I HAVEN'T smoked, money saved, time elasped etc. The ohter day it read 56,000 cigarettes I haven't smoked over the last 6+ years.

Here is a link if you want to download it. Its free.
Look under the Visa sign for the "download silkquit v2.6"
www.silkquit.org/stop-smoking/quit-meter.aspx

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12 years 9 months ago #22141 by Webs
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Jane,
I quite smoking over 12 years ago. My doctors all say that after having quite that long ago it should not have been a factor. Of course I believe it is a factor. The other thing to consider is that almost all cancers are linked to smoking because it is one of the first questions they ask. I do know of people that have bladder cancer that have never smoked. It is my belief that they do not know enough about bladder cancer. Hopefully they will start doing more research soon.
Webs
P.S. welcome to the sight.

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12 years 9 months ago #22144 by sara.anne
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Hi again, Lady Jane. Just wrote to you on the other topic!!
I never smoked. My husband did...all the time, and I was constantly exposed to second hand smoke. He died of lung cancer. My doctors feel that second hand smoke IS a factor in the development of my bladder cancer. And a pulmonologist told me that the effects of smoking on cancer development can show up decades after the cessation of smoking. The initial damage to the DNA of the cells can take years to develop into clinical disease.

Sara Anne

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12 years 9 months ago #22153 by Clara
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My husband did smoke for years but quit at least 16 years ago. He also worked around a lot of chemicals.
We even had some records pulled with the types of chemicals but did not have enough information to ever pinpoint that he worked around the ones that do contribute to BC.

Clara

Caretaker of husband, Bob.
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Diagnosed Jan, 2007

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