Cigarette Smoking Is Linked To 40% Of All Cancer Diagnosed In US, CDC Reports

Posted: Nov 12 2016, 4:27am CST | by , Updated: Nov 12 2016, 4:32am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Cigarette Smoking is Linked to 40% of all Cancer Diagnosed in US, CDC Reports
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The rate of smoking in U.S. adults has declined but tobacco is still leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths

Smoking in U.S. adults has dropped but tobacco is still linked to 40% of all diagnosed cancers, a latest report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests.

Report says that smoking rate has declined from 20.9 percent (45.1 million) in 2005 to 15.1 percent (36.5 million) in 2015, which also marks the lowest adult cigarette smoking ever since the records began being kept in1965. Despite that, tobacco is still the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer-related deaths. 

“There are more than 36 million smokers in the U.S.,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. “Sadly, nearly half could die prematurely from tobacco-related illnesses, including 6 million from cancer, unless we implement the programs that will help smokers quite.”

The incidence of smoking is highest among African-Americans as well as people living in low income areas. When it comes to gender, the rate of smoking is higher among men than women. In men, the prevalence of smoking is 250 per 100,000 persons compared to 148 per 100,000 women.

Many types of cancers including lung, liver, stomach, kidney and urinary bladder are linked to cigarette smoking and collectively they have resulted in more than 300,000 deaths every year from 2009 to 2013.

Any person, who quits smoking at any age, reduces the risk of developing cancer and adds more years to life. Even current smokers who quit after being diagnosed with cancer have better chances to recover and respond to treatment. Individual efforts and determination is required to quit smoking as it damages nearly every organ of our body.

Federal and state level programs and policies can also increase smoking cessation and reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality associated with smoking-related cancers. Moreover, early detection of cancer and access to improved cancer treatments can further help the cause and enhance the quality of life of cancer survivors.

“When state invest in comprehensive cancer control programs – including tobacco control – we see greater benefits for everyone and fewer deaths from tobacco-related cancers,” said Lisa Richardson, director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

“We have made progress, but our work is not done.”

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