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9.3% of cancer survivors still smoke years later

Written by: QMI Agency
 

Aug. 6, 2014

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A new study found 9.3% of cancer survivors in the U.S. continued to smoke up to nine years after their diagnosis.

Of the smokers, 83% were daily smokers who averaged 14.7 cigarettes each day.

"We need to follow up with cancer survivors long after their diagnoses to see whether they are still smoking and offer appropriate counselling, interventions, and possible medications to help them quit," Lee Westmaas, the director of tobacco research at the American Cancer Society, said in a press release.

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The researchers looked at 2.938 patients nine years after diagnosis and found 14.9% of lung cancer survivors continued to smoke.

"Smoking is addictive and having cancer does not guarantee that you will stop, even if that cancer was directly tied to your smoking," Westmaas said. "We need to do more to intervene with these patients."

The study was published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

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