On November 10, 2016, CDC will release a report about tobacco-related cancers, emphasizing the burden of cancers and cancer deaths associated with tobacco, and highlighting opportunities for comprehensive cancer and tobacco control to prevent tobacco use and cancer.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths. Tobacco use can cause more than lung cancer – it can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, and a type of leukemia.
What can you do to learn about and help prevent tobacco-related cancer and cancer deaths? CDC is offering several opportunities to learn more about CDC’s new Vital Signs report about tobacco-related cancers and show your support in November during Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
1. Read and share new Vital Signs materials when they are released.
o Look for CDC’s new Vital Signs materials on Thursday, November 10 at 1 PM EST at www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns.
2. Participate in the conversation via your social media channels.
o Join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #VitalSigns.
o Repost CDC social media about cancer related to tobacco use – look for it on @cdcgov, @cdc_cancer, www.facebook.com/cdc.
3. Learn what actions other states have taken to address tobacco use and tobacco-related cancers by joining the Vital Signs Town Hall.
o Vital Signs Town Hall: Partnering to Reduce Tobacco-Related Cancers – Tuesday, November 15, at 2 PM EST.
i. Conference line: (U.S. only) – 800-857-0604
ii. Passcode: 795-4413
CDC encourages you to share these opportunities broadly with your colleagues and partners. Thank you for your help in spreading the word that many cancers – not just lung cancer – are linked to tobacco use.
Learn more about CDC’s work in cancer prevention and control at www.cdc.gov/cancer.