Since the year 1999, cancer of the lungs or bronchus has represented the leading cause of death among persons diagnosed with malignancies in Carroll County, accounting for 95.1 deaths per 100,000 population7.
Lung cancer is the cause of more than half of all cancer related deaths in Carroll County7. According to the CDC, smoking can cause cancers almost anywhere in the body including the bladder, blood, cervix, colon, rectum, esophagus, kidney, renal pelvis, liver, lungs, bronchi, trachea, mouth, throat, pancreas, stomach and larynx13. Additionally, Lung Cancer has a known association with the inhalation of radon gas. Higher cancer rates in Carroll County may be the result of either or both underlying contributing factors. See post 18 for details on tobacco rates. See post 23 for details on radon in Carroll County.