Every year, on the third Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society hosts the Great American Smokeout, encouraging smokers to quit. This year, the event falls on Thursday, November 17th, and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center would like to challenge all Nevada smokers to take this opportunity to kick the habit—for good.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Tobacco use is also a leading cause of cancer and of death from cancer. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), about 40 million Americans still smoke. If you smoke, or know someone who does, use this national deadline as the impetus to quit. Smokers have the ability to improve their health and reduce their cancer risk immediately upon quitting and exponentially over time.
Tobacco use causes many types of cancer, including cancer of the lung, larynx (voice box), mouth, esophagus, throat, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. Those who use smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco) have increased risks of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas.
We recognize that quitting the use of tobacco products is difficult but you can increase your chances of success with help. The Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition offers resources for quitting, including the Nevada Tobacco Quitline, providing online and telephone-based counseling for smoking cessation at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669).
If you or someone you love is facing a diagnosis of lung cancer, or any other form of cancer, Dr. Perez and Sierra Nevada Cancer Center are here for you. Call (775) 883-3336 to schedule an appointment at one of our four northern Nevada locations.