(MENAFN - Arab News) More than 12000 people in the kingdom suffer from cancer every year and smoking remains the cause of 40 percent of cancer cases local media said quoting data released by the world health organization (who).
some 40 percent of the cancer cases could be prevented with the provision of a smoking-free environment exercise a balanced diet avoiding obesity and keeping away from direct sunlight a report in a local newspaper said.
an expert pointed out that besides the cancer scare smoking is also a major contributor to gum disease and tooth decay as the accumulation of toxins in the smoke reduces the oxygen-rich blood flow in the mouth aggravating gum infection.
additionally smoking also causes mouth and gum cancer owing to the presence of carcinogens in tobacco dr. khalid al-qahtani of dallah hospital told the daily.
based on global statistics lung cancer cases among smokers are 14 times higher than among nonsmokers al-qahtani said.
it has been proved that smoking is the major cause of cancer of the oral cavity larynx esophagus liver bladder and pancreas the expert said.