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Tobacco and Cancer: Stop for cancer prevention

Tobacco for cancer prevention should be intuitive, but it’s not an easy proposition, so here’s what we can do to help.

First begin to understand what we are talking about. It’s not an uncommon outcome to get cancer from smoking. Breast cancers occur double the frequency of lung cancer. Still almost 1/5 of all cancers in the US are smoking related lung cancers.

If you smoke you increase your risk of lung cancer by about 30 times, but any tobacco exposure increase risk.

Here’s how you address your efforts to quit smoking

  1. ASK your physician regarding options, discuss what you have tried, discussed what you think may work
  2. Take Your Physician’s advice
  3. Seek out resources on line such as self help workbooks, brochures, and books
  4. Do consider the use nicotine replacement products such as patches, gums, etc
  5. Do consider medication strategies such as buproprion and varenicline; even nortriptyline and cytion have worked
  6. Address your smoking with behavioral strategies
  7. E-cigarettes are not necessarily the best alternatives and may not reduce your cancer risk very much as they do have toxicants and carcinogens present in combustible tobacco cigarettes


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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