6 Ways Smoking Affects Your Body Other Than Lung Damage

6 Ways Smoking Affects Your Body Other Than Damaging Your Lung Health

Smoking is an extremely harmful habit that affects your health in several ways. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco use claims about 80 lakh lives every year, including an estimated 10.3 lakh non-smokers who are exposed to second-hand smoking.

While smoking is the leading cause of lung diseases, contributing to more than 80% of lung cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) cases worldwide, it can also impact other organs in the body, leading to various complications. Let’s take a look at the seven most common effects of smoking.

Also Read: Things That Make You Prone To Lung Cancer Other Than Smoking

Heart Disease Risk

Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease. As per a 2020 news release by the WHO, 10.9 lakh people die from tobacco-induced heart disease each year. This is equal to one in five of all deaths from

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‘The small things are the big things’

Imagine running as fast as you can, carrying several unwieldy objects. You’re exhausted, but you have to keep going and not drop anything. Suddenly, a brick wall appears. You slam straight into it, dropping everything and crashing to the ground.

The unwieldy running is a metaphor for life in my thirties: rushing from dropping off the kids to a full-time job, desperate to be a good friend, daughter, wife, mother and colleague. In 2021, aged 40, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That was the brick wall.

My diagnosis of stage-three, grade-three, triple-negative breast cancer required five months of chemotherapy to shrink the tumours before I could then have surgery to remove my breast and lymph nodes from under my right arm (where they also found cancer). It was followed by 15 rounds of radiotherapy and, to cap it off, a further six months of adjuvant chemo.

I felt as

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Irish Cancer Society to offer free health checks in Offaly

The Irish Cancer Society is providing free health checks in Tullamore next week as part of the ‘Your Health Matters’ Roadshow.

Members of the public can speak to one of their cancer nurses who can answer any questions people may have in the Bridge Shopping Centre, Tullamore on Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25 from 9am to 6pm.

The 15-minute health check includes blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) checks and a carbon monoxide (CO) reading. Nurses can also arrange a referral to a GP if further help is needed.

The ‘Your Health Matters’ Roadshow initiative aims to reduce people’s risk of cancer and improve early detection rates by: promoting healthy lifestyle changes, increasing awareness of cancer symptoms, encouraging people to go to their doctor if they have any symptoms and addressing any barriers and fears that make it hard

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People too tired to lead healthier lifestyles, UK survey finds | Health

It’s the question many of us ask ourselves: why don’t I exercise more, eat better food and generally lead a healthier lifestyle?

For many who want to, but just can’t seem to make it happen, it turns out the answer to that question is – feeling just too tired.

A survey has found that tiredness is why 35% of people don’t make the changes to their diet and physical activity levels that would help them close the gap between good intentions and concrete action.

The results, from a YouGov poll of 2,086 UK adults for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF), illustrate the barriers many people face in their desire to adopt and stick to healthy habits.

When asked what was stopping them from eating more healthily and exercising more often, 29% of men and 40% of women cited “feeling too tired”.

Even more put it down to “lack of

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New cancer center construction underway

BALTIMORE — A new spot to treat cancer patients is being built in Baltimore.

Today, Lifebridge Health broke ground on a 125-thousand square foot building.

The Mandy and Dennis Weinman Cancer Building will put all outpatient cancer services under one roof.

Those services will be for children and adults.

One doctor says the consolidation will improve patient care compared to how they get cancer therapy now.

“This may require patients to receive their infusion therapy couple 1,000 feet that way, and then travel this way to have their radiation therapy. And you can imagine that’s long, can be 10 minutes to transfer from one part of the facility to the other. And that can be really, challenging for patients, especially when you’re trying to, go through cancer therapy. The Weinman Cancer Building will change all of this, bringing together all the caregivers and support services in one place,” said

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