prof. Dr. Toker Ergüder: Tobacco use is responsible for 22% of all cancer deaths

Saying that 22% of all cancer deaths in the world are related to smoking, World Health Organization (WHO) Turkey Office Program Manager Prof. Dr. Toker Ergüder stated that 10 million people die from cancer every year in the world and said, “If no one smokes in the world starting tomorrow, we can prevent about 2 out of every 5 cancer deaths. “It is possible to prevent 50 percent of cancer diseases by avoiding risk factors and applying existing evidence-based prevention strategies.”

Speaking as part of the 9th International “Growing Plant” Oncology Days, Prof. Dr. Ergüder said: “When I think of Turkey, the first thing that comes to my mind is cigarettes. 22% of all cancer deaths in the world are directly related to smoking. Tobacco use is the single most important cancer risk factor. Starting tomorrow, if no one smokes in the world, we can prevent 2 out of 5 cancer deaths. Smoking rates, especially among women and youth, are increasing incredibly in Turkey.

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Smoking has increased by 38 percent in the last 10 years. Due to the increasing smoking rate of women, lung cancer, which used to be a male disease, has gradually become a female disease. As the World Health Organization, we carry out many activities especially for cancer control and early prevention of cancer, and we are trying to raise awareness.”

Obesity is one of the most important causes of cancer.

Touching on the cancer-obesity relationship, Prof. Dr. Ergüder pointed out that the most known cause of lung cancer is smoking, but it is not known that obesity is an important factor in developing lung cancer.

prof. Dr. Ergüder said, “99 percent of the society in Turkey knows that smoking causes lung cancer. How many people in this room know that obesity causes lung cancer? Obesity is a direct cause of cancer in approximately 11-12 organs. The World Health Organization has published the European Region Obesity report. By far, among 53 countries, Turkey is at the forefront in obesity. We need to get a handle on the cancer-obesity relationship,” he said.

Most women with breast cancer have no family history

prof. Dr. Underlining that there are 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685,000 deaths worldwide in 2020, Toker Ergüder said: With early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, 7.8 million women who have been diagnosed with the disease have survived. About half of breast cancers develop in women with no identifiable breast cancer risk factors other than gender (female) and age (over 40 years). Some factors such as age, obesity, harmful alcohol use increase the risk of breast cancer. A family history of breast cancer increases the risk of breast cancer, but most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no known family history.”

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WHO Global Breast Cancer Stating that the aim of the Initiative (GBCI) is to reduce global breast cancer deaths by 2.5% per year, thus preventing 2.5 million breast cancer deaths globally between 2020 and 2040. Dr. Ergüder said, “Reducing global breast cancer deaths by 2.5% per year will prevent this. It is aimed to reduce breast cancer deaths in women under the age of 70 by 25% by 2030 and by 40% by 2040.




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