4 Facts Studies Show about Smoking and Cancer Risk

by Dr Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking, side effects

Dr. Howell

The link between smoking and cancer risk has been well-studied. Smoking remains to be the single most avoidable risk factor for cancer, and for the past 50 years, this addictive habit has killed about 6.5 million people already.

Here are some of the most interesting facts about smoking and cancer risk:

  • A single cigarette can raise risk of cancer.

A recent report from the U.S. healthcare-medicine-and-breast

  • Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer.
  • Lung cancer, one of the most common types of cancer, is primarily caused by smoking. In 2013, there were 228,190 new cases of lung cancer and there were 159,480 deaths. Besides lung cancer, tobacco use has also been linked to cancers affecting the mouth, lips, nasal cavity (nose) and sinuses, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), esophagus (swallowing tube), stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterus, cervix, colon/rectum, ovary (mucinous), and acute myeloid leukemia (Cancer Facts & Figures 2013).

    • Smoking causes premature deaths.

    In the United States, tobacco accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths. Despite the decline in smoking rates, tobacco use still causes 443,000 premature deaths each year.

    • Most smokers develop cancer.

    Did you know that more than half of people diagnosed with cancer were former smokers? Studies suggest the risk of cancer increases the longer people smoke and the more cigarettes they smoke every day.

    Other Risk Factors for Cancer

    The smoking and cancer risk link is very evident. But just because you are not smoking doesn’t mean you are no longer prone to developing this deadly disease. To fully

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Did you know that more than half of people diagnosed with cancer were former smokers? Studies suggest the risk of cancer increases the longer people smoke and the more cigarettes they smoke every day.

    reduce your risk of cancer, there are some other factors you need to consider, such as age, genes, food, excessive alcohol use, and activity levels. Radiation exposure from occupational, medical and environmental sources is also a common risk factor for cancer.

    Before it’s too late, consider quitting smoking now. If you are a smoker and have been diagnosed with cancer, now is the time to stop. Continued smoking can aggravate your disease and significantly lower your chances of recovery. Study after study shows that smoking interferes with cancer treatments, making them less effective.

    Quitting smoking today can make a significant difference in your health and well-being. If you want to lower your risk of developing cancer and other serious illnesses, now is the time to stop.

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