Paul Newman Dies of Lung Cancer
|Medical News Today||
28 September 2008
Paul Newman has died of lung cancer at the age of 83. Newman, who used to be a heavy smoker until 30 years ago, had been receiving treatment for lung cancer when he was last seen a few months ago in a wheelchair coming out of the Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York.
Newman's early film career was during a period when cigarette smoking in movies portrayed virility, sex appeal and sophistication. He once said he was amazed he had survived all that booze, smoking and car racing.
Experts say that although giving up smoking significantly reduces your chances of developing lung cancer, that risk rarely goes right down to that of somebody who has never smoked. Lung tissue, like brain tissue, cannot be replaced once it is gone or badly damaged. However, if you are a smoker and you do quit, your risk of developing lung cancer and other fatal diseases starts falling immediately.
Here are some facts about cancer and smoking in the USA:
-- More Americans die of cancer each year than any other type of cancer
5-Year survival rates for 4 different cancers (USA)
Research spending dollars per death - 2007 (USA)
Breast Cancer - $23,754
Total Research Funding from NCI, CDC and DOD (2007):
Breast: $971.8 million
The UK Department of Health will have images at the back of cigarette packets as of 1st October 2008 with the following messages:
1. Smokers die younger
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