The link between smoking and cancer
Everyone has heard about the link between smoking and lung cancer: smoking is responsible for more than 85% of all cases in the UK. But chemicals in tobacco smoke enter your blood stream and can then affect your entire body – this is why smoking causes so many different types of cancer.
The good news is that quitting smoking, even if you have been a smoker for years or smoke heavily, does decrease your risk of developing smoking-related cancer. Once you have been smoke-free for ten years your risk of developing lung cancer, the most common smoking-related cancer, has reduced to half that of a smoker.
Being smoke free can prevent 15 types of cancer:
- Nose and sinuses
- Upper throat
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Smokers who quit with support from other people, whether trained advisers or family and friends, are more likely to quit successfully.