‘A cigarette is the only consumer product, which when used as directed kills its consumer.’
Lung cancer kills more than 35,000 people each year in the UK and fewer than 1 in 10 people diagnosed with the lung cancer survive for at least five years after diagnosis. Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer among men globally and smoking causes 90% of lung cancer cases.
In the past, lung cancer has been more common in men than women but because more women now smoke, it is almost as common in women; however a woman who smokes the same number of cigarettes as a man is twice as likely to develop lung cancer. Currently, in the UK, one in four women smoke 10 cigarettes a day and with the high number of women who continue to smoke, experts are predicting an ‘epidemic’ of female lung cancer cases, with cases quadrupling by 2040.
‘Smoking is related to practically every terrible thing that can happen to you.’
Lung cancer often spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of the body, such as the brain and the bones and cancer that spreads will cause pain, nausea and headaches. In fact, patients with lung cancer experience more symptom distress than patients with other types of cancer, is smoking really worth it?
‘Second-hand smoke - around 6,000 non-smokers are diagnosed with lung cancer every year.’
Smoking causes the majority of lung cancers — both in smokers and in people exposed to secondhand smoke. Roy Castle, who died of lung cancer, blamed his illness on passive smoke during his early years of playing the trumpet in smoky jazz clubs and the Roy Castle Foundation is a charity dedicated to fighting lung cancer.
‘As many as 20 tradespeople a week could be dying from asbestos damage to their lungs’
Workplace exposure to asbestos and other substances known to cause cancer — such as arsenic, chromium and nickel can also increase the risk of developing lung cancer, particularly in people who smoke.
Around one third of cancer deaths are due to the 5 leading behavioural and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and over consumption of alcohol.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and every tenth lung cancer death is closely related to risks in the workplace - however, most of the exposure risks for occupational cancer are preventable. Sugarman’s Occupational Health Service provide a work environment that is free from recognised health, safety, and environment risks and is in compliance with applicable regulations.