Lung Cancer & Smoking
It's no secret that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, with more than 250 of them known to be harmful, including at least 69 that can cause cancer. The risk of developing lung cancer increases with the number of cigarettes smoked and the duration of smoking.
Statistics show that approximately 85% of all lung cancer cases are directly attributed to smoking. This staggering statistic underscores the importance of tobacco control and smoking cessation efforts in reducing the overall burden of lung cancer.
African American and white communities have higher rates of smoking compared to Asian American and Hispanic communities, leading to varying risk levels.