Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in both men and women in the world and in our country. Chest Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Nilufer Aykac Stating that one out of every 6 deaths in the world is due to cancer, he said, “According to the 2020 world cancer statistics of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is affiliated to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer with 1.8 million deaths. It is possible to prevent lung cancer to a very large extent by simply quitting smoking. Emphasizing that about two-thirds of deaths from lung cancer worldwide are caused by smoking, Assoc. Dr. Nilüfer Aykaç pointed out that electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are also extremely harmful, contrary to popular belief.
Seen in e-cigarette smokers
Assoc. Dr. Nilüfer Aykaç said:
“It is very sad but the truth is that the smoking age has dropped to 11 today! Moreover, there is a thought that electronic cigarettes are innocent in society and e-cigarettes are marketed as innocent. However, scientific studies clearly reveal the harm these products cause right after they are used. While there are more than 15,000 different e-liquids, e-cigarette liquids can contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient of cannabis, and oil.Research has proven that there is a relationship between vitamin E acetate, especially found in THC-containing liquids, and EVALI (e-cigarette-related lung damage). The disease is a lung injury that occurs only in e-cigarette smokers and can result in death.”
It is sold even though its sale is prohibited in our country.
Assoc. Dr. Nilüfer Aykaç, “E-cigarettes with and without nicotine release ‘reactive oxygen molecules’. These molecules also cause DNA damage and neutralize the enzymes necessary for the body to function. On the other hand, animal experiments with e-cigarettes have proven that these products trigger inflammatory mechanisms, pause cell repair, activate asthma-related chemicals and reduce lung function.
It’s sneaking up, it’s appearing at an advanced stage!
Since it is an insidious disease, lung cancer, which can be diagnosed at an advanced stage by secretly progressing, is also the most preventable cancer, although it is the cancer that causes the most deaths. Chest Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Nilüfer Aykaç stated that 90 percent of lung cancer can be prevented by ending the use of e-cigarettes, tobacco and tobacco products, and that measures can be taken with effective tobacco control policies and regulations in our country, and that the still illegal sale of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products should be prevented. He also said that it is necessary to raise awareness about this issue.