I have thought about whether I would talk about the anniversary of his death on my blog. I have decided to devote this entry to the danger of cigarette smoking and facts associated with lung cancer. Although my dad quit nearly 10 years prior to his diagnosis, his lifelong two-pack-a-day habit no doubt contributed to his premature death at 63. But, the fact that he smoked did not make his death any more bearable for him or us than if he had died of another form of cancer.
I am not being judgemental about people smoking, I am just reporting the facts. Please consider encouraging your loved ones to quit, or to quit yourself if you are a smoker. It's not worth dying for a cigarette.
The following facts about smoking were found here.
Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S.
In the U.S., 123,836 people die each year from lung, trachea, and bronchus cancers caused by smoking.
In the U.S., 34,693 people die each year from cancers other than lung, trachea, and bronchus caused by smoking.
In the U.S., 3,000 people die each year from secondhand smoke-related lung cancer.
About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.
One half of all lifetime smokers will die prematurely as a result of smoking.
About 90% of all lung cancer deaths among U.S. women smokers are caused by smoking.
Tobacco is expected to kill 1 billion people this century. That’s 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century.
Cigarettes kill over 50 people an hour.
In 2006, over 5 million people around the world died from tobacco products.
The following facts about lung cancer were found here.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
Approximately 50% of the people diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked or are former smokers.
Lung cancer accounts for approximately 29% of all cancer deaths.
Lung cancer kills more Americans each year than breast, prostate, colorectal, and pancreatic cancers combined.
Lung cancer kills more than three times as many men each year than prostate cancer.
Lung cancer kills more women each year than breast, ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers combined.
During 2008, there will be about 215,020 new cases of lung cancer (114,690 among men and 100,330 among women).
Lung cancer kills 84% of newly diagnosed patients within five years. The survival rate is 49% for cases detected when the disease is localized to the lung, but only 16% of lung cancers are diagnosed that early.
More than 7% of American men and women will be diagnosed with lung cancer in the course of their lifetime.
In 2007, approximately $1,633 was spent on research per lung cancer death, compared with: $13,471 per breast cancer death $11,298 per prostate cancer death $4,774 per colorectal cancer death (this statistic makes me sick)
Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. There will be an estimated 161,840 deaths from lung cancer (90,810 among men and 71,030 among women) in 2008, accounting for around 29% of all cancer deaths.
While lung cancer causes one in three cancer deaths, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invested less than 5% of its $4.8 billion budget in lung cancer research in 2007. The two other federal agencies with significant cancer research programs – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Defense (DOD) – have no money earmarked for lung cancer in 2007. Expressed in dollars per death, research funding through these three federal sources in 2007 totaled $23,754 for breast cancer, $11,959 for prostate cancer and $5,500 for colon cancer. Lung cancer research spending was $1,414 per death, a 23% drop from $1,829 in research funding per death in 2005.
Sorry to be a downer. I have never smoked and therefore cannot imagine how difficult it must be to quit. It's easy for me to sit here and tell people to quit because I have never experienced an addiction like nicotine. I wish I could convey the hell my family lived through watching my dad suffer and realize that he was dying. Those seven months were both too short and excruciatingly long. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.