Tobacco Linked to More Than Lung Cancer
It’s no surprise that tobacco has been linked to cancer diagnoses in the United States, but according to the latest report for the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, smoking can be cause of 12 different types of cancer and not just lung.
“There are more than 36 million smokers in the U.S.,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Sadly, nearly half could die prematurely from tobacco-related illnesses, including 6 million from cancer, unless we implement the programs that will help smokers quit.”
Current findings discovered that tobacco, for smokers and non-smokers, can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, and a type of leukemia known as acute myeloid leukemia.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer deaths, but on Thursday, the National Health Interview Survey released data that said smoking adults in the United States has decreased by approximately 5.8 percent from 2005 to 2015.
Remember that it’s never too late to quit, according to the CDC. Quitting can reduce the cause of getting a cancer that affects organs other than the throat and mouth.