Smoking is One of the Causes of Colon Cancer


Some smokers may not be aware that smoking is one of the causes of colon cancer. This is the organ in your body that does not forget your smoking habit. It's true that the sooner you quit smoking, the sooner your body begins returning to that of a non-smoker.

In 48 hours the decline in lung function and excess risk of lung cancer stops and your risk of heart attack reduced by half after 1 year of quitting compared with that of a smoker. After 15 years of staying smoke free, your risk of a heart attack falls to the same level as someone never smoked before.

However, unlike your lungs, your colon is not so forgiving. Long-term cigarette smoking increases your risk of developing colon cancer because inhaled tobacco not only transports carcininogens to the colon but also seem to increase polyp size. In general, the size of the polyp is related to the chance of it becoming cancerous. The bigger it is, the greater the chance. Studies done pointing the finger at smoking contributing to 12% of fatal colon cancers.

An American Cancer Society study has found that smokers are more likely to die of colon cancer than non-smokers.

Men and women who smoked have an increased 30% and 40% risk respectively to die from colon cancer compared to men and women who never smoked. Hopefully this will bring greater awareness that smoking is one of the causes of colon cancer and can be the one more reason to bring you closer to quitting smoking and be more watchful and screening for this common cancer.