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Smoking Accounts for Some Racial Differences in Cancer Rates

separator A study in the May issue of the journal Preventive Medicine has explained why African-American men have a much higher incidence of cancer of the lung, colon, cancer and prostate. Researchers who conducted the study have said that it’s the first time anyone has proven the connection between smoking and cancer rates.

Researchers looked at lung cancer and non-lung cancer death rates from 1969 to 2000, comparing them with exposure to smoke. As the rate of smoking increased, so did the rate of cancer (and death from cancer). And as the rate of smoking declined a bit in the 1990s, so did the cancer rate.

Study results estimate that African-American men could reduce their rate of cancer by two-thirds if they could stop smoking.

If you need help quitting smoking, your doctor is a good place to start. Studies have shown that people who get help from their doctors have a higher quit success rate.

Preventive Medicine, May 2004.
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