from the beginnings of medical school, throughout residency, and beyond - ingrained in our heads are the 3 leading causes of death from cancer in the US :
2. prostate for men, breast for women
here’s a sad statistical fact - in 2009, lung cancer caused more deaths than colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers COMBINED.
from 2000 to 2009, the trend of death from lung cancer has only decreased 2.3% for men and 0.7% for women per year. maybe that’s why the commercials on tv are getting more and more graphic with regards to smoking.
smoking is the single most important risk factor for the development of lung cancer. don’t do it.
if you do do it, quit. don’t throw your hands up in the air and say, “well, i’ve already damned myself, might as well continue.” no. estimates of risk reduction after quitting smoking can vary up to 90%. 90% !!! it’s something to seriously consider.
end rant and back to studying.
"But I’ve tried quitting before, and then I failed and started smoking again!" — Most successful quitters had to quit and "relapse" ~3 times before staying quit for good.