Most people associate lung cancer with tobacco but did you know there are 16 cancers that can be caused by smoking.
Every time a person takes a puff of a cigarette 7000 chemicals enter the lungs and spread to other parts of the body, including 69 known carcinogens.
Here are some of the facts on smoking and cancer.
These are the 16 cancers you are at risk of getting if you smoke:
- Cancer of the lung
- Cancers of the mouth, throat, nose and sinuses
- Cancers of the oesophagus
- Cancers of the bladder, kidney and ureter
- Cancer of the pancreas
- Cancer of the stomach
- Cancer of the liver
- Cancer of the cervix and ovary
- Cancer of the bowel (colorectal cancer)
- Acute myeloid leukaemia
It’s never too late to quit smoking. Your body starts to repair itself 6 hours after the last cigarette.
For help and information on how to quit smoking visit the iCanQuit website or call Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 78 48).