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Henrylito D. Tacio
CIGARETTE smoking causes lung cancer. This
fact has been recognized in the United Kingdom and the United States in
the early 1950s yet. Subsequent studies have confirmed this claim.
data shows that smoking is associated with 30-40 percent of all cancer
deaths," says Dr. Tanquilino Elicano Jr., one of the country's cancer
experts. "Cancer risk increases with intensity of the habit, duration
and the amount of tar in the cigarettes."
despite this, Filipinos continue to smoke. In fact, results from the
study conducted by the National Nutrition and Health Survey showed that
the smoking prevalence in the country is higher than that in Singapore
(24.2 percent), Japan (47.4 percent) and the United States (24.1
lung cancer is just one of the many diseases smokers likely to get.
Consider these: Emphysema. Emphysema is one of a group of lung diseases
referred to as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that can
interfere with normal breathing. Other diseases that come under COPD
include asthma and chronic bronchitis.
is most common in men between the ages of 50 and 70 who have smoked
heavily for years, but the disease is becoming more common in women as
they join the ranks of heavy smokers," notes "The Medical Advisor: The
Complete Guide to Alternative and Conventional Treatments."
is a widespread disease of the lungs and people having this illness are
particularly vulnerable to pneumonia, bronchitis, and other lung
A person's chance of getting a heart-attack increases by threefold if
he smokes. A heart attack usually occurs when a blockage in a coronary
artery greatly reduced or cuts off the blood supply to an area of the
heart," the Merck Manual of Medical Information states. "If the supply
is greatly reduced or cut off for more than a few minutes, heart tissue
science says smoking promotes the hardening of the arteries and reduces
the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
in the heart muscle that do not receive enough oxygen-carrying blood
begin to die," says Dr. Rafael D. Castillo, a cardiologist who works at
the Manila Doctor's Hospital.
more time that passes without treatment to restore blood flow, the
greater the damage to the heart." Rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis may
be the oldest known ailment on earth.
uncovered in Egypt had it, prehistoric man had it, and dinosaurs had
it. There are several forms of arthritis and the most common is
arthritis occurs when the body's immune systems attacks the joints
leaving sufferers in severe pain and with reduced mobility.
analysis of data from a research done by the Stanford University showed
that smoking is a risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis among
is associated with the production of rheumatoid factor, so it is not
surprising that it should increase the risk of developing rheumatoid
arthritis," said the study, which appeared in "Arthritis Research and
Until the early 1970s, experts thought that most erection problems
pointed to underlying problems in the psyche.
the medical community recognizes that almost half of all impotent men
have a physical or structural problem that's at least partly
smoking, for instance. Smoking has also been observed to cause slower
penile erection among men because excessive nicotine in the bloodstream
"causes constriction of the penile artery, the blood vessel necessary
in male erection," to quote the words of Dr. Priscilla Tablan, a chest
physician at the Lung Center of the Philippines.
also said smoking might seriously hamper a man's potency or ability to
cancer. "Cervical cancer cases in developing countries of the region
are almost four times more numerous than in developed countries,"
reports Dr. Gauden Galea, cancer specialist of the WHO regional office
in Manila. In the Philippines, more than 4,000 new cases are reported
to the Singapore Cancer Society, some of the risk factors associated
with cervical cancer include: sexual intercourse at an early age;
multiple sex partners; genital infections such as herpes and human
papilloma virus (HPV); and first pregnancy before the age of 20.
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