Smoking-related cancers higher in Nevada than rest of country
The likelihood of dying from several types of smoking-related cancers was greater in Nevada than the national average in 2000.
That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency is going to release statistics this year as a part of a national study using information about cancer deaths in 1999.
Nearly one-third of the adult population in Nevada smokes.
The study finds about 63 throat, windpipe or lung cancer deaths for every 100,000 people living in the state in 2000. That compares with about 57 deaths for the same types of cancers for every 100,000 people nationwide.
Health experts say that 40 percent to 60 percent of all cancers can be tied to smoking or second-hand smoke.