Smoking causes 16 cancers. If one doesn’t kill you…it could change your life. Quitting is the one clear way to reduce your risk.
Most of us know about lung cancer, but fewer people are aware that smoking causes 15 other types of cancer.
Besides lung cancer, smoking also causes 15 other cancers – cancers of the bladder, mouth, nasal cavities, pharynx and larynx, stomach, kidney, bowel, liver, pancreas, cervix, and ovaries, oesophagus and ureter, as well as myeloid leukaemia[i].
Every cigarette pumps thousands of harmful chemicals into the lungs, and around the body. Many of these are known to damage DNA – including genes that protect us against cancer – stick to cells, harm cell repair and cause cancer. These chemicals also interfere with the body’s ability to repair damaged DNA – making it even more likely that damaged cells will eventually turn cancerous.
While there are many other causes of cancer and treatment for cancer has improved enormously, the fact remains that if you smoke, you greatly increase your chances of cancer developing and this can be at a relatively young age in your 40s and 50s. Quitting is the single biggest step you can take to reduce your risk.
Willpower is important, but you’re much more likely to succeed if you combine your determination to quit with stop smoking service support and stop smoking aids. For further information log onto http://quit16.co.uk/ or www.nhs.uk/smokefree,
We also have a stop smoking service for pregnant woman and their families, you can find information about it here: http://healthvisitors.rdash.nhs.uk/pregnancy/pregnancy-and-beyond-stop-smoking-team/