It’s not too late to stop smoking!

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Men who continued to smoke after a cancer diagnosis had a 59 percent increase in risk of death from all causes compared with those who quit smoking after diagnosis, according to a recent study at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in Fremont.

Also, researchers found that when limited to men who were smokers at diagnosis, those who continued smoking after diagnosis had a 76 percent increase in risk of death from all causes compared with those who quit smoking after a diagnosis.

“Many cancer patients and their health care providers assume that it is not worth the effort to stop smoking at a time when the damage from smoking has already been done, considering these patients have been diagnosed with cancer. 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,” said Li Tao, MD, MS, PhD, epidemiologist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California in Fremont, was quoted as saying.

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