November 17, 2016, is a great day to stop smoking. There are plenty of resources available to help smokers quit and improve their overall health.
The Toll of Tobacco Use
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in our society. Yet, many teens and adults are still smoking.
Here's why, according to the American Cancer Society:
- Smoking accounts for about 30 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States, including about 80 percent of all lung cancer deaths
- Women and men who smoke are 25 times more likely than their non-smoking peers to develop lung cancer
- Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States
- Since 1964, approximately 2,500,000 non-smokers have died from health problems caused by exposure to secondhand smoke
- Smoking-related illnesses in the U.S. cost more than $300 billion each year
The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout takes place on the third Thursday in November. This year, that date is November 17 – a great day to quit!
Smoking and Lung Cancer
Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cigarette smoking is linked to about 90 percent of lung cancers in the United States. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of cancer and many other diseases.
Lung cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed and treated at Doylestown Health. Advanced diagnostic and screening technology, including low-dose CT scans and endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), are available at Doylestown Health.
Quit Like a Champion
About half of all Americans who smoke will die because of smoking. It's never too late to quit. Health benefits begin as soon as 20 minutes after quitting. The benefits become greater each year the smoker stays smoke-free. But quitting is hard. It's good to know you're not alone.
There are many resources online to help smokers quit. Here are just a few:
Doylestown Health Takes a Stand
Doylestown Hospital and all other Bucks County hospitals became tobacco-free campuses in 2007. Doylestown Hospital adopted a no-tobacco-use policy for new hires on July 1, 2014, as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage wellness in the community. The Hospital joins a growing number of healthcare organizations that no longer hire users of tobacco and nicotine products.
More about Doylestown Health's Lung Cancer Program
To ensure patients receive the most comprehensive care available, the Lung Cancer Program at Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute brings together top doctors from several disciplines to collaborate on personalized treatment plans for patients. This multidisciplinary approach includes experts from medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, pulmonary medicine and other specialties who meet regularly to collaborate on personalized treatment plans for each lung cancer patient. To learn more about the Lung Cancer Program at Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute, contact the oncology nurse navigator, or call 215-345-2121.
About Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute
Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute offers patients the quality care they expect from a leader in cancer diagnosis and treatment — close to home. Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and a member of Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network, our board-certified physicians and oncology-certified practitioners provide comprehensive, coordinated care and services for the full range of cancer diagnoses including breast, lung and gastrointestinal cancers.
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