Smoking Women And Alarming Lung Cancer Statistics

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The number of smoking women has dramatically increased in recent years, specially among women in the workforce. Hence, the rate of fatality from lung cancer has also surged markedly.

Worldwide, 10% of all cancer deaths among women in 1990 is attributed to lung cancer, from only 3% in 1950. And it's more than double among women in more developed countries. 1 in 8 of newly diagnosed cancer cases is lung cancer.

Given the same conditions and number of cigarettes smoked per day, smoking women are 1.5 times more likely to develop lung cancer than men. The risk of dying of lung cancer is 20 times higher among women who smoke two or more packs daily than non smoking women.

The Philippine Cancer Society, in new statistics released just recently, revealed a high mortality rate of 80% of smoking women succumbing to the disease. In a research monitoring 2,500 new cases of lung cancer, 2,043 of the subjects have died. Unlike breast cancer, lung cancer is detected when it is already in its advanced stage. This explains the high rate of mortality for this type of cancer.

Cigarette smoking by women is a lifestyle choice that is not forced on them. It is a deleterious vice willfully adopted by men and women for reasons known only to them, despite truckloads of evidence and advice on its harmful effects on health. The sad thing is, even non-smokers fall victim to the resultant diseases as a consequence of inhaling second hand smoke, just by regularly sharing the same environment with smokers.

Smoking women should realize the danger they're putting their babies and children into when second hand smoke permeates the home atmosphere. Now new studies reveal that 3rd hand smoke, or the residue from second hand smoke, can also be a possible cause of cancer. The scent of cigarette smoke that lingers in a confined place for an extended period indicates the presence of 3rd hand smoke. This residue interacts with other chemicals in the air to form carcinogens. Nicotine adheres on indoor surfaces like walls, floors, carpets, curtains, and furniture, and can persist for days, weeks, or even months.

These recent findings should be an eye-opener for all smokers, especially smoking mothers.

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