Smokers With Cancer Could Quit And Double Survival Rate

Researchers from Britain's University of Birmingham analyzed previous data from 10 studies on how long smokers survived after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

They say people with early lung cancer who continued to smoke had a 29 to 33 percent chance of surviving five years. But, those who kicked the habit had a 63 to 70 percent of living to see the five-year mark.

Researcher Amanda Parsons says the message of the study is "you should never give up on giving up." Until now, there was little proof quitting after the diagnosis made any difference to survival.

Lung cancer is the top cancer worldwide and the prognosis is usually poor. Only about 7 percent of patients make it to five years.

The study is published Friday in the BMJ, formerly known as the British Medical Journal.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    The unfortunate thing really is that cancer is the primary thing that is mentioned over and over when it comes to smoking. I lost my paternal grandmother to it when I was 9, & the other one is now ailing from advanced COPD. Much as cancer scares me, there are SO many other reasons to care about finding it within yourself to stop, such as heart disease, and a myriad of other lung diseases. I've known plenty of ppl who quit & it only happens w/ a personal DECISION.. but it can be done. I just pray that the ones I know now that still smoke will find that reason before something serious happens to them. :-( Waiting for the threat of death or a reduced quality of life as a motivator is a sucky way to go about it. I don't want to lose anyone else that I care about to those things.
  • by Smokestack Location: Tobacco country on Jan 22, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    I smoked for 20 years and quit cold turkey and anyone that wants to can do the same thing.Since that time I have lost my father ,his older brother ,his older sister, his older brothers son,and his older half brother.That comes to five people in my family.....guess what .....they were all heavy smokers and they paid the price....with their lives for a stupid habit. We all have powers inside to do amazing things ....all you have to do is tap into it quit today and see yor children grow up .....CANCER is the ugliest word in the English language.

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