Tobacco linked to 40 percent of US cancers

November 10, 2016
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Tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of cancer, and 40 percent of diagnosed US cancer cases may have a link to its use, health authorities said Thursday.

Lung cancer, , and tumors of the mouth and throat, , esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum are all caused by tobacco use, according the report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"There are more than 36 million smokers in the US," said CDC director Tom Frieden in a statement.

"Sadly, nearly half could die prematurely from tobacco-related illnesses, including six million from cancer, unless we implement the programs that will help smokers quit."

The CDC Vital Signs report found that every year from 2009 to 2013, about 660,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with a cancer related to tobacco use.

About 343,000 people died each year from these cancers.

"Three in ten cancer deaths were due to cigarette smoking," said the report.

Lung cancer is the top cause of tobacco related smoking, followed by colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Cigarette-smoking is on the decline, down from 21 percent (45.1 million) of the US population in 2005 to 15 percent (36.5 million) in 2015.

This is the lowest point for cigarette smoking since data began to be collected in 1965.

Since 1990, about 1.3 million tobacco-related cancer deaths have been avoided, the CDC added.

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TheGhostofOtto1923
3.3 / 5 (3) Nov 10, 2016
This is as compelling a reason as any that all drugs should be legal. What could do more damage than tobacco and alcohol?
Solon
1 / 5 (1) Nov 10, 2016
Did they distinguish between chemical laden big corporate tobacco and all natural tobacco? And did they take into account all the chemicals in the food most people eat when it comes to the colon cancer and pancreatic cancer figures? Indonesians smoke more cigarettes per capita than the USA, but have half the fatalities from lung cancer, so why? A better diet perhaps?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Nov 11, 2016
Did they distinguish between chemical laden big corporate tobacco and all natural tobacco? And did they take into account all the chemicals in the food most people eat when it comes to the colon cancer and pancreatic cancer figures? Indonesians smoke more cigarettes per capita than the USA, but have half the fatalities from lung cancer, so why? A better diet perhaps?
Sounds like a smoker (dirt addict) trying to rationalize his disease-
Uncle Ira
3 / 5 (4) Nov 11, 2016
glam-Skippy posed a very good question about this,,,,,,,

Since we have folk who have used it daily for 50 years, why don't they show symptoms?
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 11, 2016
Since we have folk who have used it daily for 50 years, why don't they show symptoms?
You mean symptoms like being able to take a deep breath and holding it without having a coughing fit? Or being able to exercise at all?

Ask them what happened to their friends or family members. Ask them if they're the only ones left standing after 50 years. Ask them if they feel lucky.
gkam
1 / 5 (3) Nov 12, 2016
"Since we have folk who have used it daily for 50 years, why don't they show symptoms? "
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That question was about cannabis, which has been tried against cancer, not about the carcinogenic agents in tobacco.

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