About 189,910 new cancer cases were expected to be diagnosed among Blacks in 2016. One of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the black community is lung cancer. Black men, in particular, make up for 15% of those cases and black women make up for 11%.
However, although many may already know that smoking causes lung cancer, they might not be too familiar with the use of tobacco leading to other major health problems as well.
“Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health,” said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine.
“It’s hard to find a part of the body not affected by it,” Foulds said in a college news release.
Besides its link to lung cancer, smoking is also tied to heart attack, stroke, diabetes and other types of cancers, the news release noted.
As for lung cancer, “if you smoke a pack a day or more, your risk of getting