Feb 03, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center


For Cancer Prevention Month, we’re highlighting the 5 behaviors that can prevent approximately 50 percent of cancers.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the United States, with 90% of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80% of lung cancer deaths among women attributed to smoking. Smoking also increases the risk of cancers of the throat, mouth, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix, and several other types of cancer.

Some smokeless tobacco products increase a person’s risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat, tongue, pancreas, and esophagus. Smokeless tobacco products can also scratch teeth, wear away tooth enamel, cause mouth sores, and permanently damage the gums.

Quitting smoking can help reverse some of the damage smoking does to your body. On average, it takes seven attempts to quit tobacco. Remember, you are more likely to succeed in quitting tobacco with each try you make. Get started with these quit tips from waytoquit.org:

  • Drink water: Every time you feel the urge to smoke, drink a glass of water instead.
  • Distract: Get your mind off tobacco. Pull out a sudoku puzzle, call the Utah Tobacco Quit Line, or go for a walk.
  • Breathe deeply: Instead of filling your lungs with smoke, fill them with air.

Read our post about quitting tobacco to find more help and resources.

For more information about cancer prevention, call the G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center toll free at 1-888-424-2100 or text “askhci” to 66746.


Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute
cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu

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