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Tobacco-Related Cancers on the Decline

As more people opt to kick the habit or never light up in the first place, there’s good news on the cancer front. Researchers say the number of smoking-related cancer deaths is on the decline with a noticeable drop over the past few years.

During the period of 2004 to 2008, it was estimated that about 108 deaths per 100,000 could be attributed to tobacco-related cancer. Between 2009 and 2013, the number dropped to 100 deaths per 100,000. Data was drawn from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Clinicians there say the news is good, but it could still be better. Tobacco, according to the CDC, remains the leading preventable cause of cancer within the United States. Between 2009 and 2013, about 660,000 Americans were diagnosed with a tobacco-related cancer. More than 340,000 of those people ultimately died from the disease.

Bringing the numbers down even further will take a concerted effort to tackle tobacco use in the United States. Educational campaigns meant to prevent people from lighting up in the first place are providing benefits. In addition, smoking cessation programs designed to help tobacco users kick the habit are also having effects.

People who use tobacco are at risk for a number of different cancers, including lung, oral and throat, among others. Those who smoke are urged to talk with their healthcare providers about steps they can take to kick the habit. A variety of tools are available to help smokers address the physical addiction while support programs can assist with the psychological aspects of the addiction.

It is estimated that 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer yearly. About 500,000 die from the disease. People who smoke can greatly reduce their cancer risks by giving up the habit once and for all. In addition to lowering cancer risk, quitting can help prevent such other serious complications as heart disease and stroke.


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