Articles Tagged ‘smoking’

Lung Cancer Screening Using Helical CT vs. Chest X-ray Reduces Deaths among Current and Former Heavy Smokers

Computed tomography (CT) scan of the abdomen; drawing shows the patient on a table that slides through the CT machine, which takes x-ray pictures of the inside of the body.

a study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has determined that low-dose helical computed tomography (CT) scans can reduce lung cancer mortality for current and former heavy smokers. In the nation-wide study, which included over 53,000 participants, researchers found 20 percent fewer lung cancer deaths among those who were screened with low-dose helical CT (also known as spiral CT) compared with those who were screened with chest X-rays. In addition, deaths from all-causes (including lung cancer) were seven percent lower in those who received the low-dose helical CT scans.

A Harmful Trend: Increased Waterpipe Smoking

Waterpipe and other tobacco products displayed in a store window

Waterpipe tobacco smoking (also known as hookah, narghile, shisha and other terms) has been used for centuries in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.  A part of the Arab culture, waterpipes are prominently used in social settings and are considered a status symbol in some parts of the world.  Since the 1990s, waterpipe [...]

Coffee Intake and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in Singapore Chinese

White cup full of coffee with saucer and spoon

Drinking two cups of strong coffee a day may protect habitual cigarette smokers from developing advanced colon cancer, according to a population-based study of Singapore Chinese, funded by the National Cancer Institute and conducted by researchers from the University of Minnesota.