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Well, this is a drag.

Smoking is responsible for 20% of US cancer cases and 30% of cancer deaths, warns the American Cancer Society (ACS). In new research.

In fact, the organization asserts that 4 out of 10 cancer cases and nearly half of all cancer deaths in Americans 30 and older can be prevented by lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking or losing weight.

According to the American Cancer Society, 4 out of 10 cancer cases and about half of all cancer deaths in US adults aged 30 and over are preventable through lifestyle changes. Smoking contributes to many of these issues. gzorgz – stock.adobe.com
These are the leading causes of cancer death for adults age 30 and older in the United States. American Cancer Society

Dr. Farhad IslamiThe author of Thursday’s report said it was “shocking” that more than 169,800 Americans died from smoking in 2019.

He’s calling for state tobacco control policies — the ACS found that raising the price of cigarettes through an excise tax works best — and more screening for early detection of lung cancer.

Islami, senior scientific director of the ACS Cancer Diversity Study, noted that some obesity-related cancers are on the rise, especially among young adults, and urged “intervention” to encourage healthy body weights.

In the year In 2019, there were 1.78 million cancer cases and 595,700 cancer deaths among Americans 30 and older.

In the year In 2019, there were 1.78 million cancer cases and 595,700 cancer deaths among Americans 30 and older. lashkhidzetim – stock.adobe.com

The researchers focused on 30 types of cancer and estimated how many people and deaths occur due to risk behaviors such as tobacco and alcohol consumption, obesity, eating red meat, lack of physical activity and exposure to ultraviolet light, among others.

In the year They determined that 713,300 cases and 262,100 deaths could be prevented in 2019.

Smoking accounts for the largest share, contributing 56% of cancers for men, 39.9% for women and 19.3% of all cases.

Excess body weight was second at 7.6%, followed by alcohol (5.4%), UV exposure (4.6%) and physical inactivity (3.1%).

Preventable cancers include cervical (with HPV vaccines), more than 80% of skin melanomas, rectal, lung, colorectal and bladder.

The ACS findings were published Thursday in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

The study follows an American Heart Association report released in June that warned that 6 in 10 American adults and more than 184 million people are expected to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease in the next 30 years. Excessive obesity.