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Research Letter: Deaths Due to Cigarette Smoking for 12 Smoking-Related Cancers in the United States

Thursday, July 09, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Rebecca L. Siegel, MPH Eric J. Jacobs, PhD Christina C. Newton, MSPH Diane Feskanich, ScD Neal D. Freedman, PhD Ross L. Prentice, PhD Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD
Research Letter: Deaths Due to Cigarette Smoking for 12 Smoking-Related Cancers in the United States.
JAMA Internal Medicine Published online June 15, 2015
 
The 2014 US Surgeon General’s Report provided the estimated annual number of smoking-attributable deaths during 2005 to 2009 from cancer overall and lung cancer specifically but not separately for the 11 other cancers found to be caused by smoking.1 Current estimates of smoking attributable mortality for specific cancer sites are based on data from 2000 to 2004.2 Updated estimates are needed because smoking patterns and the magnitude of the association between smoking and cancer death have changed in the past decade. From 2000 to 2012, smoking prevalence decreased from 23.2% to 18.1%.3 In contrast to this favorable trend, recently published data revealed that the risk of cancer death among smokers can increase over time.4 Therefore, we estimated the number and proportion of deaths in the United States in 2011 attributable to cigarette smoking for 12 cancers caused by smoking.


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