Rush Limbaugh diagnosed with lung cancer

I chewed nicorette for like 10 years. They say quitting smoking is more difficult than getting off heroin. Good on you. Keep up the good work. You actually do reduce your risk for heart disease. [quote=“TheDoctorIsIn, post:39, topic:226455, full:true”]

Congratulations. I mean it.

It’s been 12 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since I quit smoking.
[/quote]

Great. Your life will improve in so many ways. Keep up the good work!

Huh? This needs some elaboration.

Quitting smoking certainly reduces cancer risk.

As someone who has (one day at a time) done both, I can attest to the truth of this statement.

When I have time, maybe this weekend, I can link the research. They say that your risk decreases. But that is not accurate. It decreases by comparison if you continued to smoke. But it also depends on how many pack cigarettes on average that you have smoked per year. For example, my current risk is 2% for the next year. But my lifetime risk is 5%. My current risk is 70% lower than if I had continued to smoke. But it is not lower overall.

1 Like

It certainly hasn’t been easy the 40,000 times I’ve done it.

3 Likes

Interesting theory. I quit about 5 years ago or so.

Rush most have been 2 pack a day smoker sitting behind microphone lighting one cig after another.

But I think after he quit cigarettes, he smoked cigars. My guess is that he still took in the cigar smoke.

I don’t know that he smoked cigarettes. He may have at some point in his life, but I believe he enjoyed cigars.

That was the thing- I only ever really tried to quit twice. The first one didnt take, so I just didn’t try again for a decade.

I’ve been guilty of that. Didn’t see the point in smoking it unless I inhaled.

Yes this is what I’ve read and understand. I think those numbers if my memory serves me that after 7 yours your risk lowers 70 percent…but still 30 higher if you never smokes. Or something to that effect.

Oh yeah. they say once you quit and then start up again you actually increase your chances. But again that’ what I’ve heard but doesn’t make it true.

Oddly enough, to the consternation of my wife and friends, I listen to Rush while driving . . . just to know what the enemy was thinking. But he had a phrase . . . something to the effect of “my formerly nicotine stained fingers.” I am I the only one who really listens to Rush. And I’m practically a communist!

This is terrible. I really do hope Rush can overcome this. My best friend recently lost their mother to lung cancer; she never smoked.

Thanks, I had also missed the preceding post from you which put the one I quoted in better context.

I believe they recommend screenings for 15 years after quitting and then the chances are reduced enough that the additional screenings are no longer necessary.

Yeah, and I’m talking about 70+ years old. People who didn’t get cancer and thought at 70 it be a good time to quit. Kind of like changing transmission fluid in a 200,000 mile vehicle for the first time.

Formerly nicotine fingers. Pictures I’ve seen during his early radio years he always had a cig between em.

No, I was told the same thing by someone whose lung cancer was caught early and he was relaying this to me from his doctor.

A lot of my coworkers smoke. On occasion, I’ve flicked cigarettes out of their hands or poked holes in them. It makes me a pest, but I don’t want to see any of them develop lung cancer.

Yes. This is true about screenings. I believe that it is related to 2 observations. (1) There are not many follow up studies after 15 years, and (2) insurance just doesn’t pay for screenings after 15 years. I had an extended discussion about this with my doctor, who also was my former student in the 8th grade.