Doctors forgot about smoking
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Friday, January 4, 2013 | Shawna Lea Osborn | Categories:
Regarding Dec. 20 "Myelofibrosis is a disease of the bone marrow," the writer known as W.S. mentioned that his recently diagnosed with myelofibrosis brother had "always been healthy, except for being a chronic smoker." I found it remiss that Drs. Donohue and Roach didn't mention the possible correlation of the patient's smoking and the disease. The Mayo Clinic lists common risk factors for myelofibrosis as age, another blood cell disorder, exposure to radiation or exposure to certain chemicals such as toluene and benzene. According to the American Lung Association, both toluene and benzene are known chemicals in cigarettes. Benzene alone has been identified as a carcinogen by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC has stated that smoking is the single most significant source of benzene exposure for the estimated 40 million US smokers. They further maintain that smoking accounts for approximately half of the total benzene exposure of the general population. With the American Cancer Society arguing that one-third of cancer deaths could be prevented if people avoided tobacco products, it’s hard ignore the significance. We at STTAC wish to protect the health of our community through smoke-free initiatives and to encourage others to quit tobacco. Shawna Lea Osborn Field Specialist Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Community PartnershipThe Leader