The 12 Cancers of Smoking
Here is a list of the Cancers that are killing between half (50%) and three quarters (75%) of all people who are diagnosed with any form of Cancer.
The difference in numbers is because your survival rate depends on a number factors; age, race, nationality, where you live and access to medical care.
List of Cancers shown to be caused primarily by smoking or being subjected to passive smoking.
- Lung Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Renal Cancer
- Mouth and Throat Cancer
- Voice Box Cancer
- Food Pipe Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia
- Breast Cancer
How to prevent getting these cancers or reduce the chances at least.
1. Stop smoking or never start.
This sounds like the easiest solution, but when you look at the amount of resources that governments around the world have used to try and get their citizens to stop, and yet smoking is still endemic then you realise that trying to change people's habits or desires is difficult.
In 2015, an estimated 15.1% (36.5 million) U.S. adults were current* cigarette smokers. Of these, 75.7% (27.6 million) smoked every day, and 24.3% (8.9 million) smoked some days.
Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity.
Tobacco smoking accounts for about 23% to 25% of all cancer deaths in China; yet over one-half of adult Chinese men were current smokers in 2010, and smoking rates in adolescents and young adults are still rising. Even if current rates remain stable, it has been estimated that the one million smoking-related deaths in China annually during the 2010s will double by 2030.
2. Avoid second hand smoke where possible.
What is secondhand smoke?
Secondhand smoke (SHS) is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). It’s a mixture of 3 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco and fossil fuels:
- Mainstream smoke: The smoke exhaled by a smoker.
- Sidestream smoke: Smoke from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, or tobacco burning in a hookah. This type of smoke has higher concentrations of cancer-causing agents (carcinogens) and is more toxic than mainstream smoke. It also has smaller particles than mainstream smoke. These smaller particles make their way into the lungs and the body’s cells more easily.
- An often forgotten source of SHS is actually motor vehicle exhausts and burning fossil fuels. The fact that most of this SHS is actually invisible to the naked eye makes it the most insidious type of SHS.
When non-smokers are exposed to SHS it’s called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. Non-smokers who breathe in SHS take in nicotine and toxic chemicals the same way smokers do. The more SHS you breathe, the higher the levels of these harmful chemicals in your body.
It is now not unusual to see walkers and cyclists in the larger cities around the world now using face masks to try and prevent the very small smoke particles from vehicle exhausts getting into their lungs and potentially causing lung cancer.
Secondhand smoke and your children’s health
Young children and young adults are most affected by SHS and are the least able to avoid it. Most of their exposure to SHS comes from adults (parents or others) smoking at home. Studies show that children whose parents smoke:
- Get sick more often
- Have more lung infections (like bronchitis and pneumonia)
- Are more likely to cough, wheeze, and have shortness of breath
- Get more ear infections
Secondhand smoke can also trigger asthma attacks, make asthma symptoms worse, and even cause new cases of asthma in kids who didn’t have symptoms before.
The number of young adults (especially females) taking up smoking is increasing due to peer pressure and low level marketing with subliminal messaging in films and TV programs by tobacco companies. These are undermining the efforts by Governments to reduce the human and financial costs of dealing with smoke induced cancers and illnesses.
Some of these problems might seem small, but they can add up quickly. Think of the expenses, doctor visits, medicines, lost school time, and often lost work time for the parent who must stay home with a sick child. And this doesn’t include the discomforts that the child goes through.
In very young children, SHS also increases the risk for more serious problems, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
3. Taking preventive measures to avoid smoke, and reduce the chance of getting cancer.
A: The easiest way is to live in a smoke free environment, difficult in this polluted day and age. A non smoking house or apartment, office and inside a vehicle also improve your chances of NOT getting cancer.
B: To always wear a face mask when leaving the house, office or apartment.
C: To avoid walking the streets or being in enclosed places with lots of people. Smoke residues are also released from the clothes of people that smoke even when they are not smoking. If you get close to smokers then you can smell the smoke on them.
D: Changing your diet to discourage cancer cells from forming and starving any that may already be there. There are many foods that can be used as part of a cancer treatment program.
The ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet. When it is used as a cancer treatment, it is called a restricted ketogenic diet. The restriction means that the number of calories is limited and the amount of carbohydrate is extremely low. This diet brings about important changes in the ways cells in the body are nourished.
Healthy cells can use glucose or ketone bodies as their primary energy source. The primary types of ketones that are used as an energy source are acetoacetic acid, and beta-hydroxybutyric acid.
Cancer cells are unable to use ketones for their energy source. They rely on glucose and glutamine for metabolism. Thus, if they do not have access to glucose, they rapidly begin to die. When a person uses the ketogenic diet, they create a condition where there is a reduced level of glucose in the blood and there are elevated levels of ketone bodies. The result is that the cancer cells are denied their primary energy source (starved) while all the healthy cells in the body are nourished by ketones.
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