Smoking and Health Risk
Thursday, May 7, 2009

We all know smoking is bad for a personís health but a study has found that it may be more than just a personís lungs that are at-risk. Dr. Edward Hill tells more about the study in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

It is widely accepted that tobacco smoke causes most lung cancer deaths. A study of data from the National Center for Health Statistics concluded that tobacco smokeóincluding secondhand smokeómay also contribute to non-lung cancers more than previously thought.

Researchers compared death rates from lung cancer to death rates from other cancers from 1979 to 2003 among Massachusetts males. Their analysis revealed that the two rates changed in tandem year-by-year from 1979 to 2003.

The researchers concluded that the close relationship between the rates suggests that they have the same cause, which is tobacco smoke.

The fact that lung and non-lung cancer death rates are almost perfectly associated means that smokers and nonsmokers alike should do what they can to avoid tobacco smoke.

Cigarette smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States.

Researchers suggested that increased attention should be paid to smoking prevention in health care reforms and health promotion campaigns.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.