What cancers are associated with tobacco use?

Tobacco use is associated with cancers of the lung, esophagus (swallowing tube), mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, kidney, liver, stomach, bowel, cervix, ovary, nose and sinus, as well as some types of leukemia (blood cancer).
Like cigarettes, other tobacco products contain a variety of toxins associated with cancer. Cancer-causing chemicals have been identified in smokeless tobacco products (snuff), which are known to cause cancers of the mouth, lip and tongue. Users also may be at risk of developing cancer of the larynx, esophagus, colon and bladder. Cigars pose a serious health threat as well. Even if users try not to inhale cigar smoke, they are still at risk of developing oral and pharyngeal (throat) cancers and periodontal disease.

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