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CDC: Tobacco Use Linked To More Than 2 Million Cancer Cases

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Friday, September 05, 2008 1:17 AM EST
Category: Major Medical
Tags: Protecting Your Family, FDA & Prescription Drugs, Lung Cancer, Bronchial Cancer, Tobacco, Cigarette Smoking


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IMAGE SOURCE: © iStockPhoto / quit smoking / author: RobHadfield

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found bronchial and lung cancers accounted for nearly half of an estimated 2.4 million tobacco-related cancers that were diagnosed in the United States between 1999 and 2004.

“The data contained in the report provides significant documentation of the serious health concerns associated with tobacco use,” said Sherri Stewart of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

Stewart and her research team examined cancer surveys and registries made up of 92 percent of the U.S. population for the report.

Tobacco use is one of the biggest causes of preventable and premature death in the U.S. claiming the lives of more than 440,000 people each year. About 90 percent of cigarette smokers become addicted before the age of 19, according to the CDC.


Among key findings included in the report:

Tobacco-related cancers were most prevalent among non-Hispanic, blacks and men. Reflective of tobacco use patterns.

Tobacco use is responsible for more deaths each year than that of alcohol use, illegal drug use, car accidents, AIDS, and suicide combined.

The state of Kentucky had the highest rate of lung cancer among men and women.

$167 billion is spent annually on health care expenses and productivity losses related to smoking related illness.

Other types of cancers associated with tobacco use and accounting for one million cases combined include – kidney, bladder, cervix, pancreas, esophagus and acute myelogenous leukemia.

Smoking rates were lowest in the West – Utah (10.4), California (18.5) and Montana (18.5) – and cancer rates were lowest in the West for all cancers, with stomach cancer being the exception.

Tobacco-use accounts for a third of all cancers in America. If proven strategies were practiced to decrease tobacco use, much death and suffering that cancer inflicts on families and communities could be prevented, said Dr. Matthew McKenna, director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.

While tobacco use was a main reason for all cancers that were included in the report, not all cases could be linked to tobacco use directly. Some types of cancer have several risk factors – such as genetics and/or infections – that can independently cause disease, as well as in conjunction with tobacco use, researchers said.

The study is published in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. #


2 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by You
Sunday, September 07, 2008 7:17 PM EST

WHY DO PEOPLE SMOKE QUIT NOW!

Anonymous User
Posted by ANSWER
Wednesday, October 01, 2008 9:41 PM EST

Because they are addicted.

Because they were targeted with advertisements since they were infants.

Because their family members did.

It is not as easy as saying QUIT. Social norms have to change. Attitudes have to change. FDA needs to regulate tobacco. And tobacco should be ILLEGAL. It is the only legal product sold, that when used as intended, causes death to its consumers.

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