Posted on February 11th, 2010 by
Quitting smoking after a diagnosis of early-stage lung cancer may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and death. These results were published in the British Medical Journal.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with an estimated 159,000 deaths each year.
Smoking cessation is known to reduce a smoker’s risk of developing lung cancer, but less is known about the effect of smoking cessation after a lung cancer diagnosis.
To evaluate the effect of quitting smoking after a lung cancer diagnosis, researchers evaluated information from several previously published studies. Most of the studies focused on patients with early-stage lung cancer.
Although earlier smoking cessation would likely provide greater benefits, the results of this review suggest that smoking cessation after a diagnosis of early lung cancer may improve outcomes.
Reference: Parsons A, Begh R, Aveyard P. Influence of smoking cessation after diagnosis of early stage lung cancer on prognosis: systematic review of observational studies with meta-analysis. British Medical Journal [early online publication]. January 21, 2010.
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