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Cancer Death Rate Drops Again

In National News on May 28, 2009 at 7:13 am

The U.S. cancer death rate dropped again in 2006, according to an article published by Fox. Experts attribute the downward trend to declines in smoking, earlier detection, and better treatment.

Lung cancer accounted for about 30% of the cancer deaths. Of course, the vast majority of lung cancer are caused by smoking. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that smoking or tobacco use in general causes a variety of other cancers, as well, including cancers of the lip, oral cavity, pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, larynx (voice box), lung, uterine cervix, urinary bladder, and kidney. Toxins from tobacco spread beyond just the mouth and lungs.

This is one big reason we work so hard to reduce tobacco use — because by reducing tobacco use, we are reducing the number of cancer deaths and improving the length and quality of people’s lives. And that’s what really matters.

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