Quitting Smoking Boosts Survival Odds After Cancer Diagnosis

Kicking the habit can double chances of surviving 5 years
By Jerry ,  Newser User
Posted Jan 22, 2010 3:55 PM CST Posted Jan 22, 2010 3:55 PM CST
Promoted on Newser Jan 22, 2010 3:55 PM CST

(User Submitted) – Smokers diagnosed with lung cancer could double their chances of surviving for 5 years—if they quit smoking. The "dramatic" finding, based on analysis of 10 previous studies, applies only to early-stage cancer. "If you give up smoking, your body can still partially recover and your risk is reduced," the lead researcher tells the AP.

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Before now, little evidence suggested quitting after developing cancer affected survival rates. The 5-year survival rate for lung cancer patients diagnosed who continued smoking was 33% at best. But those who kicked the habit had as much as a 70% chance of being alive 5 years out. The research was published today in the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal. (Read more cancer stories.)

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