Smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol increase your risk of many types of cancer, including head and neck cancers, lung cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, and others.
When you quit tobacco and alcohol, it can make a big difference in your health and well-being. You improve your body’s ability to heal and lower your risk of both treatment side effects and cancer recurrence. We understand that change can be difficult, but we’re here to help. You don’t have to do this on your own.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a variety of services to make positive lifestyle changes – changes that can enhance your physical and emotional health and well-being. Our programs offer guidance, encouragement, and support to help you quit – and live a healthier life.
Learn how to quit smoking
Learn proven strategies to quit smoking. Visit smokefree.gov for a wide variety of resources.
We also offer clinical trials of medicines that help you quit smoking. Participation is free, with medication costs covered. We keep an eye on your health and progress throughout the trial to ensure your health and safety.
Who should get screened for lung cancer?
If you’re 55 or older and have a 30 pack-year history of smoking – the equivalent of a pack a day for 30 years – your doctor may recommend you have lung cancer screening. It’s a quick, painless imaging test that can save your life – when cancer is found early, it can be treated more successfully.
Help for alcohol addiction
Heavy drinking is linked with many types of cancer, including liver cancer, esophageal cancer, and colon cancer. It can stop you from feeling your best – mentally and physically. When you stop drinking alcohol, you can enhance your health and emotional well-being.
We understand it’s not easy to ask for help. But seeking help is a sign of strength – not weakness. It means you’re taking control of your life and your health. Our team of psychologists and psychiatrists offers therapy and support to help you stop drinking. We develop a personalized treatment plan that draws from the latest therapies and medicines to stop alcohol cravings and help you stop drinking.