Health Hazards of Smoking - Pulmonary Disease

Health Hazards of Smoking - Cancer

Smoking is a leading cause of cancer and death from cancer.

People who smoke are particularly at risk of lung cancer, throat cancer and oral cancer, which hardly ever affect non-smokers.

Smoking and Cancer: Lung Cancer

90% of lung cancer cases are due to smoking. Only 0.5% of non-smokers can develop lung cancer.

The risk of oral cancer is four times higher in a smoker than for a non-smoker. Cancer can start in any area of the mouth, with the most common being on or below the tongue, or on the lips.

Smoking causes the following cancers-

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Bladder cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Kidney cancer
  • Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Cancer of the pancreas
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