From Medicineworld.org: It's never too late to quit smoking
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It's never too late to quit smoking
According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States, accounting for 440,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year. It also causes more than 80 percent of all lung cancers and increases the risk for a number of other types of cancer, including oral, throat pancreatic, uterine, bladder, and kidney cancers.
"Our most effective tool for treating lung cancer is to prevent it from ever happening," explains Bruce E. Johnson, MD, director of the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Johnson emphasizes that it is never too late to quit. People who stop and remain a nonsmoker for at least 10 to 20 years can cut their risk of developing lung cancer in half. Even those who quit smoking in their 60s, 70s, and 80s benefit by reducing their risk of dying from a heart attack or from developing lung or head and neck cancer, says Johnson.
Johnson offers the following tips to help people to quit smoking:
First, commit to quit
Tell friends and family
Plan the quit day
Following through: The Four "D's".
Quitting smoking is difficult because cigarettes are addictive; people typically have to try several times before they stop smoking permanently. "It's very common to have to do this multiple times," explains Johnson. "If you've stopped smoking and have relapsed, we encourage you to please make one more attempt".
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School, and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive care center the National Cancer Institute.
Source: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Did you know?
There is never a bad time to stop smoking, but there is no time like the present to quit. November is Lung Cancer Awareness month, and with the holiday season approaching, quitting smoking is the best gift smokers can give themselves, their families and their friends. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States, accounting for 440,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year. It also causes more than 80 percent of all lung cancers and increases the risk for a number of other types of cancer, including oral, throat pancreatic, uterine, bladder, and kidney cancers.
Medicineworld.org: It's never too late to quit smoking
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