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Lung Cancer: Still the Biggest Cancer Killer, by Far
Date:12/27/2008

w more energy into measures that will prevent smoking.

Studies have shown that raising the price of cigarettes through taxation, clean air laws that prohibit smoking in public places, and counter-advertising have all helped reduce smoking rates in the United States, Thun said.

"We know those tactics work, but, for political reasons, they're not being fully applied," he said.

Quitting smoking also will allow people to avoid the host of other health problems that come with it, most notably cardiovascular disease.

"If you avoid smoking, you have avoided the Mount Everest of avoidable health hazards," Thun said.

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To learn more, visit the Lung Cancer Alliance.



SOURCES: James Mulshine, M.D., professor of internal medicine and associate provost for research, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; Michael Thun, M.D., M.S., vice president of epidemiology and surveillance research, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Tim Byers, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics; Lung Cancer Alliance; U.S. National Cancer Institute


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