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CDC Reports On Smoking Related Cancers

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It is known that tobacco smoking leads to serious health complications. Smoking is a major risk factor for cancer. This is why CDC released cancer statistics related to tobacco use.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers examined data of a large cancer survey, which involved 92% of the entire US population. They found that during the period between 1999 and 2004 tobacco smoking caused 2.4 million cancer cases, which accounts for 1/3 of all cancer cases in US.

The report estimated that tobacco smoking killed an average of 438,000 people in US each year, and 38,000 of them are not smokers themselves, but they regularly breathe secondhand smoke.

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Most of us already know that smoking is linked to high risk of lung and bronchial cancers, and the research showed that about half of all of these cases account for these cancers. However, smoking appeared also to cause larynx, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, acute myelogenous leukemia cancers.

The cancers were mostly occurring among blacks, non-Hispanic whites and men. This news doesn't come as a surprise, because these groups are the most intensive tobacco smokers. While rating the states, CDC reported that Kentucky is the first with the highest rates of lung cancer, and Western states were the last with the lowest rates of smoking and smoking related cancers.

The report urges the need of fighting tobacco use more aggressively and helping more people to quit smoking because it is the biggest preventable cause leading to numerous diseases and deaths. Smoking causes much more deaths than the following causes all taken together: alcohol use, car crashes, suicide, homicide, AIDS, illegal drug use.

Smoking related healthcare expenses account for $167 billion each year.

The report should make every single smoker think of personal and public health because smokers harm not only themselves, but also people around them. Every person knows how important health is and always does a lot to stay healthy, but there is a major factor that destroys public health and this cause is easily preventable.