advertisement
05 September 2008

2.4 mil cancer deaths from tobacco

The US has put numbers to the well-documented link between cancer and smoking and announced that tobacco use caused 2.4 million cases of cancer in the US from 1999 to 2004.

0
The US has put numbers to the well-documented link between cancer and smoking and announced that tobacco use caused 2.4 million cases of cancer in the United States from 1999 to 2004.

As might be expected, lung and bronchial cancer accounted for nearly half the cases, but cancers of the larynx, mouth and pharynx, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, as well as acute myelogenous leukemia are also caused by tobacco, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found.

"The data in this report provides additional, strong evidence of the serious harm related to tobacco," said Sherri Stewart of the CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, who led the study. Stewart's team looked at cancer surveys and registries covering 92 percent of the U.S. population.

Kentucky had the highest rates of lung cancer among men and women, while Western states with low rates of smoking also had low rates of cancer. Tobacco-related cancers were more common among blacks, non-Hispanic whites and men, reflecting the groups that use tobacco more, the CDC found.

38 000 non-smokers die from second-hand smoke a year
"Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States and the most prominent cause of cancer," said the CDC's Dr Matthew McKenna. "The tobacco-use epidemic causes a third of the cancers in America."

Tobacco use kills 438 000 people prematurely every year, including 38 000 people who breathe only secondhand smoke, the CDC said.

"Tobacco use causes more deaths each year than alcohol use, car crashes, suicide, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), homicide, and illegal drug use combined," the report reads. "In addition, smoking accounts for $167 billion annually in health care expenditures and productivity losses." – (Reuters Health, September 2008)

Read more:
Tobacco may kill 1 billion
Smoking programme saves billions

 
NEXT ON HEALTH24X
advertisement

Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Live healthier

Contraceptives and you »

Scientists create new contraceptive from seaweed Poor long-term birth control training leads to 'accidents'

7 birth control myths you should stop believing

Will the Pill make you gain weight? Can you fall pregnant while breastfeeding? We bust seven common myths about birth control.

Your digestive health »

Causes of digestive disorders 9 habits that could hurt your digestive system

Your tummy rumblings might help diagnose bowel disorder

With the assistance of an 'acoustic belt', doctors can now determine the cause of your tummy troubles.