The Connection Between Smoking and Lung Cancer
Make no mistake, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death. In 2008, 208,493 in the United States were diagnosed with lung cancer. This included 111,886 men and 96,607 women. A total of 158,592 people died from the disease that year: over 88,000 men and over 70,000 thousand women.
What a lot of people still do not know (or do not implement) is that most cases of lung cancer can be prevented. About 90% cases in men and 80% cases in women are caused by one reason: cigarette smoking. Even in this day and age where the awareness of the dangers of cigarette smoking is at an all time high, the figures for lung cancer related cases and deaths are extremely high.
Incidence rates of lung cancer have reduced somewhat since the mid-90s (more for men than for women) because of increased awareness. However, percentage mortality rates remain extremely high for a cancer that is probably one of the most difficult to treat.
There are still many smokers out there, and sharing this information with someone who smokes could save their life.
The Odds of Getting Lung & Other Cancers
What Makes Cigarettes Harmful?
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death. It negatively impacts you if you are a smoker, but also everyone around you – your spouse, your children, unborn babies and any seniors that you live with.
When Is the Right Time to Quit?
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General.U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004.
Martin, T. Cancer Statistics, Smoking and Cancer – Statistics for the U.S. published in About.com in 2005.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website, www.cdc.gov.