Effects of Smoking Cigarettes Different For Women

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Everyone knows the dangers of tobacco smoke, but until recently experts believed the danger to be equal for men and women. Now new research is showing just how wrong, and perhaps how dangerous, that misconception can be, as the effects of smoking cigarettes is different for women.

It appears that the cancer causing agents in cigarettes may be more dangerous to women than men, according to a new Swiss study that looked at 683 patients with lung cancer who came into a cancer center from the years 2000 to 2005.

The researchers noticed that female patients tended to be younger when they were diagnosed, which seemed strange since these women hadn't had the time to smoke the same number of cigarettes as the male patients in the study.

"Our findings suggest that women may have an increased susceptibility to tobacco carcinogens," explains Dr. Martin Frueh.

The study was to be presented at the first ever European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology held in Lugano, Switzerland, and is one of several recent case control studies where women appear to be more vulnerable to carcinogens in tobacco smoke than men.

Lung cancer was once a disease almost unheard of in women, but since the 1960s, the rates have been climbing steadily.

Today lung cancer has claimed the title of leading cause of cancer deaths in U.S. women.

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 215,000 new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. during 2008.

Adding a bit of perspective, National Cancer Institute estimates suggest that one out of every 14 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with lung cancer sometime in their lifetime.

Considering how dangerous and how silent this cancer is, these are sobering numbers.

And yet a recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) survey conducted in 2007 found that 1 in 6 American women over 18 smoked cigarettes.

The highest rates were among American Indian and native Alaskan women, followed closely by whites, African Americans, Hispanics and lastly Asian women.

Surveys have found that smoking is more popular among less educated, younger women who almost always start as teens.

If you smoke and you're concerned about lung cancer risk, you should really consider stopping if you want to reduce the risk of many debilitating conditions.

You can get help quitting from support groups, nicotine replacement therapy, hypnosis or the many medications now available.

You can use the helpline (800) QUIT NOW. Additional sources of help include smokefree.gov, the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association and the National Cancer Institute.

There are also groups such as the Tobacco Dependence Program dedicated to doing high quality research on tobacco and dependence and sharing this information with all of us.

Once you do quit, you'll notice your lung capacity goes up and your bronchial tubes relax, which makes breathing easier.

What's more, levels of poisonous carbon monoxide in your bloodstream decrease, making room for your blood to carry more oxygen.

Of course your sense of smell will get better, and the discoloration of your teeth, fingers and clothing will begin to fade.

Best of all, the second hand smoke you were sending out into the environment will be eliminated, which is a healthy gift to everyone around you.

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This article was published on 2010/03/31