CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Mark’s Military Service and Illness
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CDC: Tips From Former Smokers – Mark’s Military Service and Illness


(Mark) I started smoking, I was about 18 years old. I was a young hard charger in
the military. There was a time when you could
smoke in basic training and we’d all be in formation and they’d tell you if you had
cigarettes, if you wanted to take a
smoke break, you could fall out and smoke. So rather than staying in
formation at attention, we’d fall out and have our
extra breaks. I thought about the future, but if anything bad was going
to happen, it’d be down the road and I just was always kind of living
for today. I started having some symptoms, some constipation and a little
bit of trace bleeding. And it got worse and worse. I didn’t know until I was
diagnosed with colon cancer that smoking was a contributing
factor. I kind of suspected and I remember distinctly laying
on the gurney and looking at the live monitor
during the exam. When you’re staring face to face at a tumor and you know
it’s cancer, there’s no denying what’s
going on. Everything just – it came to a
grinding halt. Just, I can’t deny it anymore, I mean,
I literally looked at this tumor on the monitor and realized, I have cancer,
I could die. And I realized I had to quit because all of the negative
effects that people talk about that you think are never going
to happen, like getting colorectal cancer,
they happen. Trust me.

8 Comments

  • Cee Bee

    Thank you for your service! I find it hard to believe that a smart guy like you believes that smoking causes every disease and every illness on earth at least according to the CDC and WHO. I believe your genetics plays a far greater role. I think most folks who believe the propaganda about "fifth hand smoke" and all the other nonsense about smoking is simply because they have heard it touted by the CDC and the government for so long, decades! I have to ask myself why do they lie so blatantly about the actual facts about smoking? Could it be that they don't have good studies to back up the nonsense or is it because Big Pharma plays a major role in contributing to the CDC's budget? Funny they tell you their "recommended NRT's" are the only one's that work well right? If 6-9% {quit rate} is the best that BP can do with their quit smoking NRT's then that is not a success but an abysmal failure.
    Best wishes to you and your family Mark.
    C.B.

  • SemicolonBook

    I'm proud to be a part of the 2015 CDC Tips from Former Smokers campaign to encourage people to stop smoking and get screened for colon cancer.

  • David Andor

    HU: Magyar fordítás (egy-két mondat ki lett hagyva, de a lényeg fontos)
    ,,18 évesen kezdtem el cigarettázni, a katonaságban. Ahol mindig lehetett cigizni. Gondolom a jövőre, de mindig csak a jelenben éltem. Tüneteim kezdtek lenni, székrekedéseim, és vérzéseim.. Egyre roszabb lett. Amíg nem diagnosztizáltak vastagbél rákkal, addig nem tudtam, hogy mind ezt a cigi okozta. Sejtettem, és emlékszem amikor a hordágyon feküdtem, és nézni az élő monitort a vizsgálat közben.. Amikor szemtől szembe nézel egy tumorral, tudod hogy ez rák és hogy nem tudod letagadni, amin kereszül mész. Szó szerint ránéztem a tumorra a monitoron és rájöttem, hogy rákos vagyok, meghalhatok. Majd rájöttem, hogy el kell hagyjam, mert mind azok a negatív dolgok amikről az emberek beszélnek, hogy soha nem fog megtörténni velük, mint a vastagbél rák, megtörténik. Higyj nekem."

  • Joe Blow

    You can't tell me that the very end of his digestive system, which begins at the mouth, was damaged from smoking, yet his mouth, throat, lungs, liver, pancreas, stomach, & small bowel were spared? I lost my entire large intestine a year ago and don't use tobacco. Unless he was smoking through his sphincter, I'll never believe it caused rectal cancer.

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