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Smoking And Lung Cancer Long Linked

Lung cancer is the leading form of cancer-related death in the United States. While it can technically be caused by a host of sources, the number one related link to this disease is a history of smoking. Long-term, heavy smokers, in fact, are at a tremendous risk of this disease forming over the course of their lifetimes. While warnings to that effect have only appeared on cigarette package labels in recent decades, the strong link between lighting up and fatal lung cancer has long been known.

Just how far back did medical professionals believe that lung cancer and smoking went hand-in-hand? Believe it or not, a published review by two medical professionals was released in 1939. This review coincided with a strong anti-smoking crusade prompted by one of the doctors that studied the effects smoking had on the lungs.

A growing body of evidence related to the smoking and lung cancer connection was present in the 1950s. Even so, it wasn’t until the end of that decade that the U.S. Surgeon General published a statement concluding cigarette smoking was the “principal etiological factor” related to an increasing lung cancer rate in the United States. Despite that statement, it wasn’t until 1965 that legislation passed requiring all cigarette packs to display health warnings. Those warnings did not appear until 1966 and only stated that smoking might be a health hazard.

While an established connection between smoking and fatal lung cancer has been clearly known for decades, thousands of people across the country continue to light up daily. Those who do smoke will find that kicking the habit can greatly reduce their chances of this disease developing. In addition, it can help keep a number of other potentially fatal conditions at bay. People who smoke are urged to talk to their healthcare providers about all options available to help them quit. Kicking the habit can make a difference in health in the immediate future and over the long run.

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