ASH Daily News 9 April 2018



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UK

Men twice as likely to develop oral cancer
Hartlepool: Hospital takes big steps to help smokers
Bath and North East Somerset: Smokers must try to quit before routine operations

International

Australia: Kids exposed to secondhand smoke more susceptible to COPD in later life
Oman: Tobacco adverts banned

 

UK

Men twice as likely to develop oral cancer

Figures from Cancer Research UK indicate men are more than twice as likely as women to develop oral cancer. Around 5,300 men are diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the UK compared to around 2,500 women. Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth, tongue, lips, tonsils and the oropharynx. Around 9 out of 10 oral cancer cases in the UK are linked to preventable causes like smoking, alcohol and contracting human papillomavirus (HPV).

The difference between cases in men and women may be due to men indulging more heavily in some of these activities. For example, there are higher smoking rates in men and an estimated 70% of male oral and pharyngeal cancers in the UK are linked to tobacco smoking.

Source: Healthcare News, 6 April 2018
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Hartlepool: Hospital takes big steps to help smokers

Smokers will be offered nicotine replacement therapy when they stay on hospital wards in Hartlepool. This is one of many changes being introduced by the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust which is re-launching its smokefree agenda.

All staff will be trained in helping patients with in tobacco dependence and an ability to refer patients to community stop smoking service to receive specialist advice and support.

Source: Hartlepool mail, 9 April 2018
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Bath and North East Somerset: Smokers must try to quit before routine operations

People who smoke or have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more must wait up to three months so they can try to quit or lose weight before non-urgent surgery. Local health commissioners introduced the policy this month – with the backing of the public. Individuals will be offered help to make the changes but anyone who chooses not to try has to wait three months before being referred for surgery.

Studies show that people who adopt a healthier lifestyle tend to have fewer complications during and after surgery and recover more quickly, as well as getting other health benefits, according to B&NES NHS Clinical Commission Group (CCG).

Source: Somerset Live, 9 March 2018
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International

Australia: Kids exposed to secondhand smoke more susceptible to COPD in later life

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic, debilitating and largely incurable form of progressive lung disease. Smoking is the main risk factor for COPD, but new findings show that childhood risk factors can also raise a person’s odds for the illness.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne found that three-quarters of COPD cases that developed in participants by age 53 originated in poor lung function that began in childhood. They found childhood issues such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), eczema and exposure to secondhand smoke increased the likelihood of someone getting COPD in later life.

Source: Medical Express, 6 April 2018
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Oman: Tobacco adverts banned

The advertising of tobacco and its derivatives on social media and billboards has now been officially banned, according to a decision by the Ministry of Information. Officials at the health department said 60% of deaths in Oman are due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart diseases, and cancer, often induced by preventable activity such as smoking. Oman also plan to raise taxes on tobacco, alcohol, soft drinks and energy drinks.

Source: Times of Oman, 8 April 2018
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