16 Cancer Campaign

Published at 01 February, 2016.

16 Cancer Campaign

The 16 Cancer quit smoking campaign aims to raise awareness of the 16 different types of cancer caused by smoking, encouraging the 848,251 smokers in the Yorkshire and the Humber to quit.

In association with Cancer Research UK and with support from the Yorkshire and the Humber Cancer Strategic Clinical Network, the campaign highlights both the common and lesser known cancers that can be caused by smoking and what consequences these cancers can have.

More than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the UK are caused by smoking. In Yorkshire and the Humber, figures from 2011-2013 show that there were 31,647 cases of cancer and 14,956 deaths from cancer. In 2016, we want these figures to be dramatically lower.

You might know smoking causes lung cancer, but did you know it also causes cancers of the mouth, nasal cavaties, pharynx and larynx, stomach, kidney, bowel, liver, pancreas, ureter, oesophagus, cervix, bladder and ovaries as well as myeloid leukemia?

When you smoke, you breathe in more than 5,000 chemicals from a cigarette and it takes just 15 cigs for a cancerous cell mutation to be caused – which is why it’s so important to give up smoking now rather than later.

At Yorkshire Smokefree, we know giving up is never easy, that’s why we want to help. Our experienced advisors can offer you the right support you need to finally become a non-smoker. Whether you’d rather have face-to-face advice, chat to an advisor over the phone, or virtually with our quit tool online, there is bound to be something to suit you. To find out more, visit: http://yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/pages/ways-we-can-help or call us on 0800 612 0011 (free from landlines) or 0330 6601 166 (free from mobiles).

Smoking is still our biggest preventable killer. To find out more about the #Quit16 campaign, visit: http://quit16.co.uk/ 

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