Lung Cancer Awareness

Mark Prince, M.D., Assistant Professor, Head and Neck Oncology explains the importance of eliminating tobacco use.

Prevention

According to the American Cancer Societygoing to a new website, there is strong evidence that an individual's risk of developing cancer can be substantially reduced by healthy behavior:
  • not using tobacco
  • getting sufficient physical activity
  • eating healthy foods in moderation
  • participating in cancer screenings according to recommended guidelines

The American Cancer Society also estimates that tobacco use accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths. In addition, approximately one-third of cancer deaths in 2012 were attributed to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight and obesity. If we can effectively promote healthy behaviors, much of the suffering and death from cancer can be prevented or reduced.

Source: American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures - 2012 [PDF]

Don't Smoke? Don't Start!
Are you a smoker? Start Quitting Now!

According to the National Cancer Institutegoing to an new website people who stop smoking and never start again lower their risk of developing lung cancer or of having it come back.

Many products, such as nicotine gum, nicotine sprays, nicotine inhalers, nicotine patches, or nicotine lozenges, as well as antidepressant drugs, may be helpful to people trying to quit smoking.

Get Help

If you would like help quitting smoking, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or the University of Michigan's Tobacco Consultation Program at 734-998-6222.

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