First of all, lung cancer is no small potatoes. The American Cancer Society reports that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States and worldwide. In the U.S., lung cancer is responsible for 29 percent of cancer deaths, more than those from breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined.
The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2015 are:
- About 221,200 new cases of lung cancer (115,610 in men and 105,590 in women)
- An estimated 158,040 deaths from lung cancer (86,380 in men and 71,660 among women).
But if those figures aren’t enough to keep your lungs smoke-free, here is some fresh info that might help you decide smoking is not for you.
Speaking before a Northwestern Memorial Healthy Transitions Program®, Mindy Cramer, Chiropractic Orthopedist at Northwestern’s Integrative Medicine group said that degenerative disc disease has several lifestyle factors that are contributing factors. She said smoking adversely affects your discs and can cause them to degenerate faster. Smoking actually decreases the amount of water in the discs of your spine and water is what helps your discs absorb shock and movement. With less water, your intervertebral discs can wear out sooner. She explained that smoking cuts down the amount of blood that reaches your organs.
So, when you say no to that cigarette, feel good about it, you are being kind to your spine, too – not to mention every organ in your body including your brain. Think about it.
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