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Dangers of Secondhand Smoke segment airs May 2012

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Douglas Luke, CPHSS director and Joaquin Barnoya, research assistant professor at Washington University School of Medicine contributed to Siteman Cancer Center’s and Washington University  School of Medicine’s new 10-month prevention campaign with KSDK/NewsChannel 5 called “8 Ways to Prevent Cancer.”

In the “The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke” segment, which airs throughout May 2012 on KSDK News Channel 5, Dr. Luke says studies have shown that exposure to secondhand smoke over time increases lung cancer risk by 20 percent to 30 percent. Researchers at Siteman have also found that buildings with smoke ventilation systems still have high nicotine levels in the air when smoking is taking place. At times, they even have higher air nicotine levels than buildings without ventilation systems. Watch video here.

The “8 Ways” are evidence-based recommendations from the Siteman Cancer Center’s prevention team, led by Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, professor of surgery and medicine and associate director of prevention and control at Siteman. The “8 Ways” come from Siteman’s evidence-based risk assessment tool “Your Disease Risk,” a free website at for the public to gauge their own cancer risk.

For more information about “8 Ways to Prevent Cancer,” visit: .

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