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Smoking ‘increases risk of death from cancer’

6th December 2013

New research from the US has revealed the high mortality risk associated with maintaining a smoking habit after a cancer diagnosis.

A study led by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California has assessed this trend by evaluating the association between lifestyle characteristics and risk of cancer among middle-aged and older men in Shanghai.

It was found that men who smoked after diagnosis had a 59 percent increase in risk of death from all causes, compared with those who did not smoke. Among those who were smoking at the point of diagnosis, men who continued to smoke were 76 percent more likely to die than those who quit.

This conclusion dispels the myth that it is not worth the effort to stop smoking after a cancer diagnosis, which stems from a misconception that the damage has already been done.

Dr Li Tao, epidemiologist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in Fremont, said: "Our study provides evidence of the impact of post-diagnosis smoking on survival after cancer and assists in addressing the critical issue of tobacco control in cancer survivorship."

The government is currently assessing methods of dissuading British people from adopting the habit, with an independent review having been recently commissioned by the Department of Health into the potential benefits of standardised tobacco packaging.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801669757-ADNFCR

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