Women & Smoking
In 1994 the first international conference on Women and Smoking was held and the information presented at the conference was sobering. Lung cancer rates have increased by 440% in the last 30 years. No other type of cancer in women has shown this type of increase. In the U.S. lung cancer claims over 10,000 more women's lives each year than does breast cancer. Over 56,000 women die of lung cancer annually in the U.S. Lung cancer is now the number 1 cancer killer of women. Research also suggests that smoking increases the risk of several other forms of cancers in women including cervical cancer and cancers of the mouth and throat.
If you are a smoker and you would like quit, you are encouraged to see a nurse at the Health Services. The nurse will help you to evaluate your current situation and refer you to the Nurse Practitioner or College Physician for assistance with smoking cessation.