Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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Lung cancer awareness is observed during the month of November. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths and the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women. Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer.

Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Many are poisons. At least 70 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer in people or animals.

People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer. The more years a person smokes the and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the more the risk goes up.

Lung cancer can also be caused by other types of tobacco products, such as pipes or cigars, inhaling secondhand smoke, being exposed to substances such as asbestos or radon at home or at work and having a family history of lung cancer.

Cigarette smoking causes cancer of the mouth and throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, kidney & renal pelvis urinary bladder, as well as cervix and causes acute myeloid leukemia.


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