Lungs, Pancreas

Surprisingly, fewer than 10 percent of lifelong smokers will get lung cancer. Fewer yet will contract the long list of other cancers, such as throat or mouth cancers. In the game of risk, you’re more likely to have a condom break than to get cancer from smoking.

That the majority of smokers beat cancer doesn’t make for effective anti-smoking campaigning. So the statistics are turned around: Smoking accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths and 87 percent of lung cancer deaths; the risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher in male smokers compared to non-smokers…

Christopher Wanjek, “Smoking’s Many Myths Examined“. Live Science, November 18, 2008

Smoking is one of the most important risk factors for pancreatic cancer. The risk of getting pancreatic cancer is about twice as high among smokers compared to those who have never smoked. About 20% to 30% of pancreatic cancers are thought to be caused by cigarette smoking…

American Cancer Society, “Pancreatic Cancer Risk Factors

…Still, recent studies have pointed to several common factors that might promote or inhibit the growth of this formidable disease. By far the most suspect cause is cigarette smoking. Although previous studies have shown a doubling of risk among smokers, a new study of 490 patients in Los Angeles County revealed that smoking a pack or more a day was associated with a fivefold to sixfold increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

…as Dr. [Eli] Glatstein put it: “Right now we’re all grasping for straws. This is a tumor against which we’ve not made one single improvement in the last 30 to 40 years.”

Jane E. Brody, “Pancreatic cancer: Cigarette smoking is strongest link to deadly disease“. New York Times, March 25, 1986

Less than thirty years on, and Patrick Swayze is pleased to have made it through a year, before succumbing.

Missing piece of data. If 10% of smokers get lung cancer, yet the vast majority of lung cancers are associated with smoking, this seems to mean that lung cancer is caused by smoking and at least one other factor. With pancreatic cancer, could not find what percentage of smokers get it. Rather, the statistic is that 20% to 30% of pancreatic cancers are associated with smoking. The closer one can relate the percentage of cancer associations to the percentage of smokers, it would appear that there is a greater move towards a principal cause, rather than “smoking and”.

Benefit of knowing whether smoking puts one on a faster track to pancreatic cancer than lung cancer?

Since when did an addict

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