American Cancer Society Sounds Alarm as Cigarettes Devastate NYFW Runways: 20% of US Cancer Cases Linked to Smoking

New York, USA – The American Cancer Society (ACS) has issued a warning about the alarming impact of smoking on cancer cases and deaths in the United States. Recent research by the ACS reveals that smoking is responsible for 20% of cancer cases and almost 30% of cancer-related deaths across the country. The organization emphasizes that lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or maintaining a healthy weight could have prevented a significant number of cancer cases and deaths, especially among American adults aged 30 and above.

Dr. Farhad Islami, the author of the report, expresses his concern over the high number of Americans who died from smoking in 2019, totaling over 169,800 deaths. He advocates for tobacco control policies at the state level, with evidence suggesting that increasing cigarette prices through excise taxes is an effective measure. In addition, Dr. Islami emphasizes the importance of early detection of lung cancer through increased screening efforts.

The research also highlights the rise in obesity-related cancers, particularly among young people, underscoring the need for interventions to promote healthy body weights. In 2019, there were 1.78 million recorded cancer cases and 595,700 deaths among Americans aged 30 and older, with 713,300 cases and 262,100 deaths deemed preventable.

Risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, obesity, red meat consumption, physical inactivity, and UV exposure contribute to a significant portion of cancer cases and deaths. The study identifies smoking as the leading cause, accounting for 56% of cancers in men, 39.9% in women, and 19.3% of all cases. Other preventable factors include excess body weight, alcohol consumption, UV radiation, and physical inactivity.

Preventable cancers highlighted in the research include cervical cancer through HPV vaccines, skin melanomas, anus, lung, colorectal, and bladder cancer. The findings, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, emphasize the importance of lifestyle changes and early detection in reducing the burden of cancer in the United States.

This research aligns with a recent report from the American Heart Association, projecting that 6 in 10 American adults, totaling more than 184 million people, are expected to develop some form of heart disease in the next 30 years. The combined efforts to address lifestyle factors contributing to cancer and heart disease underscore the need for public health interventions to promote healthier behaviors and reduce the impact of these diseases on the population.