Which cancers are caused by smoking?

Click the circle highlights to find out about each type of cancer caused by smoking.


How does smoking cause cancer

Tobacco smoking - whether cigarettes or roll ups - is by far the biggest preventable cause of cancer, causing more than 1 in 4 UK cancer deaths, and 3 in 20 of all new cancer cases.

When a cigarette burns it releases a dangerous cocktail of over 5,000 different chemicals, many of which are poisonous. Chemicals from cigarette smoke enter your blood stream and affect the entire body. This is why smoking causes so many diseases, including 16 types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, COPD and high blood pressure.

Smoking causes around 7 in 10 lung cancer cases in the UK, which is the most common cause of cancer death in the UK. It also causes more than 6/10 cancers of the larynx.

Visit the website of Cancer Research UK or talk to your GP if you are concerned about symptoms

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