Thursday, August 30, 2007

Still Smoking? Look at This

From England, this picture is one of many to appear on cigarette packs to make people think twice about smoking:

However, this particular package slogan might be considered misleading given the proximity of the turmor to this man's airway and carotid arteries: his death might not be so slow after all...

-Wes

21:00 - And if this is not enough, comes this report today suggesting that gene expression changes brought on by heavy smoking may persist long after the smoker has kicked the habit.

7 comments:

rlbates said...

When I was a resident, we had a patient whose tumor "ate" into his carotid artery. It was horrible for all involve. It still haunts me.

The Independent Urologist said...

Let's see, we can irradiate it, then remove it, but let's hope he does not get a catheter related UTI.

DrWes said...

IU-
You bet, else you might not get paid for your efforts! (Don't you love P4P?)

JoanS said...

With 20% of us still smoking, how many of these type tumors do you guys see?

DrWes said...

joans-

Thankfully, tumors this large that have been left untreated are unusual to see these days, but it still happens. Denial is a powerful defense mechanism and sometimes people are too embarrassed or self-conscious to come forward to begin therapy early.

Inscrutable said...

Interesting little ditty...but "kimshee" as a synonym for crap?

FYI 60 million koreans eat this food nearly everyday so please don't bleat your ignorance just because you needed a rhyme. The Big Macs you Americans love to eat are much closer to the crap end of the food scale, IMO.

Anonymous said...

This is a nice Photoshop work, if none of you noticed then you need to look closer!