Smoking causes 270,000 cancers every year in just 8 European countries

Smoking causes 270,000 cancers every year in just 8 European countries

This is death on a rate beyond any war has ever caused and could be stopped simply by banning cigarettes for sale.

What did the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, on more than 440,000 residents of Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, find out about smoking and cancer death rates?

  • In eight European and Scandinavian countries, 270,000 people are diagnosed every year with cancers caused by smoking
  • Across the eight countries with data available on both men and women, about 1.5 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year – 50% of them tobacco-related
  • Current smokers were 2.6 times as like as those who had never smoked to develop a tobacco-related cancer
  • For some types of cancers, such as lung and larynx, the vast majority - more than 80% - were caused by smoking
  • Over an average of 11 years of follow up, the team found that 14,563 people who were exposed to tobacco smoke developed a type of cancer considered to be fully or partly caused by tobacco exposure

“The findings are consistent with estimates of how many deaths are caused by smoking in Europe but the numbers could be underestimates”
Prabhat Jha, a professor at the University of Toronto.

“These results tell us that contribution of tobacco smoking to cancer is substantial, and that, in spite of substantial efforts put forward to reduce smoking in European countries, the overwhelming importance of cigarette smoking on cancer risk is still of public health concern, and a priority from the point of view of prevention”
Antonio Agudo, Catalan Institute of Oncology in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain.

Study by Antonio Agudo, a researcher at the Catalan Institute of Oncology in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain, and colleagues, as published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2012.  They looked over the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study, covering more than 440,000 residents of Denmark, FranceGermanyGreeceItaly, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, specifically looking at smoking and cancer.  They tracked patients from 1992 to 2000. None had been diagnosed with cancer.  As reported on Wednesday November 28, 2012 by Reuters.

Posted: Sunday 22 September 2013