June 21, 2002
Smoking Linked to More Types of Cancer
A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization says that smoking causes more types of cancers than researchers previously suspected, including stomach, liver, cervical and kidney cancer, as well as myeloid leukemia. The IARC study is also the first report from a global public health agency confirming that involuntary smoking causes lung cancer. The study’s findings were announced by the IARC and reported in an article appearing in the June 20 edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Jonathan Samet, MD, MS, professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, chaired the international panel that conducted the research and was convened by the IARC.