The beginning of the year is the perfect time to set a quit date if you smoke or use tobacco products. There are many health reasons to stop using tobacco. It can help reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and a number of other chronic conditions, including lung cancer.
Approximately 85 percent of all lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking. Quitting tobacco, as challenging as it may be, will significantly reduce your risk for lung cancer.
That’s important, because lung and bronchus cancers are the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the state, killing an estimated 2,100 Oregonians in 2016. That’s nearly twice as many deaths as colon and breast cancer combined.
“Lung cancer is a challenging cancer to treat as it’s often discovered in its late stages, once it’s already had a chance to spread to other organs,” says Dr. K. Gem Shaker, a pulmonary specialist and co-medical director for the lung cancer screening program at Adventist Health Portland. “Thanks to advances in technology, we now have a way to screen for lung cancer and save lives.”
Author: LivingWell PDX Blog
Adventist Health is committed to creating a healthier Portland community.