Lung Cancer: Preventable Disease

Gordan Srkalović

Abstract


Objective of the paper is to present lung cancer as preventable disease based on epidemiological, molecular and genomic data. Lung cancer is the most deadly malignancy around the world, both in male and female population. Vast majority of lung cancers (close to 90%) are directly caused by cigarette smoking, and thus present one of the most preventable deadly disease in humanity. Analysis of history of cigarette consumption and rise of lung cancer as world epidemics. Review of efforts to fight tobacco epidemics and how it influences incidence and prevalence of the lung cancer. Investigation of the effects of cigarette smoking on health and economic status of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Tobacco epidemics and lung cancer can be prevented. Goal is to exterminate cigarette smoking. That can be achieved only concerted effort by members of family, patients themselves, physicians, researchers, non-governmental organizations, political figures and society as a whole.

Conclusion. In country like Bosnia and Herzegovina first step is to inform society about devastating effects of cigarette smoking. Best practices already exist and initial goal should be to start using them.


Keywords


Lung Cancer; Cigarettes; Tobacco epidemics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5644/ama2006-124.213

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