Even Cancer Diagnosis Not Enough to Get Some to Quit Smoking
the MPR take:
Nearly 10% of cancer survivors continue to smoke years after diagnosis, despite evidence that continued smoking could reduce the effectiveness of treatment and increase the risk of second malignancy. In a population-based study of 2,938 patients that had survived one of ten cancers, 9.3% of all survivors were current smokers approximately nine years after initial diagnosis. Eighty-three percent of the current smokers smoked daily with an average of 14.7 cigarettes per day and 40% smoked >15 cigarettes per day. Survivors of bladder, lung, and ovarian cancers had a higher prevalence of current smoking; current smoking was associated with younger age, lower education and income, and greater alcohol consumption. Approximately one-third of current smokers had intentions to quit and 40% of these survivors expressed a desire to quit within the same month. Smoking cessation after diagnosis was associated with smoking-related cancers. The results of this research could be utilized in modifying smoking cessation treatments for cancer survivors and identifying cancer survivors at risk for continued smoking.
ATLANTA – August 6, 2014–Nearly one in ten cancer survivors reports smoking many years after a diagnosis, according to a new study by American Cancer Society researchers. Interviewed about nine years after diagnosis, 9.3% of the survivors reported being current smokers, 41.2% were former smokers, and 49.6% were never smokers.
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