16 Million New Cancer Cases Worldwide
Tobacco is still the biggest single source for developing malignant tumors and lung cancer the most common form of cancer. The relative risk for a regular smoker to develop lung cancer compared to a non-smoker is between 20 and 30 times higher. Even involuntary tobacco smoke may increase the lung cancer risk by 20 percent.
The connection between smoking and lung cancer was already established in a report in 1957. They then estimated that the mortality rate caused by lung cancer had doubled from 1945 to 1955. Today, more than 10 million people worldwide dies from smoking every year.
The best way to avoid getting cancer is staying away from cancer-causing agents like tobacco and industrial carcinogens. It is also important to stay healthy with physical activity, and in general avoid fat food, refined carbohydrates and animal protein. Since there is still no cure for cancer, the best way to deal with cancer is early detection. In that way patients can start treatment as soon as possible which gives a lower mortality rate.
Argument: WHO has revised their World Cancer Report to 16 million new cases of cancer in the world by year 2020.
Questions: Since the cost for treating cancer in the US only, is more than US$ 170 billion a year and tobacco is the single biggest source, how much would it be worth in preventing young people from starting to smoke to save money in the future? Should governments go in to the market and offer a substitute for tobacco to drive the tobacco companies of the market with a substance that is less risky and expensive for the citizens?