At South Florida Radiation Oncology, we are committed to the successful treatment and eradication of cancer in our community. Through personalized cancer treatment and support, our goal is to prevent the development or recurrence of this dangerous disease. One of the best ways that you can improve your health and avoid the complications of cancer is to avoid tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke. According to the American Cancer Society, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and can increase your risk for developing over a dozen cancer types, including:
- Lung cancer
- Cancers of the mouth, lips, nose, and sinuses
- Cancers of the larynx (voice box) and pharynx
- Esophageal cancer
- Stomach and pancreatic cancers
- Cancers of the uterus, ovaries, and cervix in women
- Kidney and bladder cancers
- Colorectal cancers
While most cases of tobacco-related cancer diagnoses are caused by cigarette smoking, many others are due to smokeless tobacco use. Chewing tobacco and snuff are not considered safe alternatives to smoking and are known to contain many of the carcinogens present in smoking tobacco.
Although quitting smoking can be a challenge, it is not impossible. With the help of your primary care physician, you can formulate an effective treatment plan to break the cycle. Ask your doctor about products and medications that can help you quit, as well as any strategies that may assist you. Having the support of your friends and loved ones will also help you to make this important lifestyle choice.
Avoiding tobacco use is only one of the many ways that you can improve your health and reduce your risk of developing cancer. To find out more about cancer and its treatment, visit the South Florida Radiation Oncology website or contact our helpful staff at (888) 823-9162. With eight convenient locations and many state-of-the-art cancer treatments, the SFRO team is committed to providing the highest quality of personalized care.