Men smoking after cancer diagnosis face higher death risk - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Men who keep smoking after cancer diagnosis face higher death risk

Updated: Dec 6, 2013 09:51 AM
© iStockphoto.com / Viesturs Kalvans © iStockphoto.com / Viesturs Kalvans

FRIDAY, Dec. 6, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Men who keep smoking after being diagnosed with cancer are more likely to die than those who quit smoking, a new study shows.

The findings demonstrate that it's not too late to stop smoking after being diagnosed with cancer, researchers say.

They used data from a study conducted in China among men aged 45 to 64, starting between 1986 and 1989. Researchers determined that more than 1,600 among them had developed cancer by 2010.

Of those men, 340 were nonsmokers, 545 had quit smoking before their cancer diagnosis and 747 were smokers at the time they were diagnosed.

Among the smokers, 214 quit after diagnosis, 336 continued to smoke occasionally and 197 continued to smoke regularly.

Compared to men who did not smoke after a cancer diagnosis, those who smoked after diagnosis had a 59 percent higher risk of death from all causes. Researchers accounted for factors including age, cancer site and treatment type.

Among men who were smokers at diagnosis, those who continued smoking after diagnosis had a 76 percent increased risk of death from all causes compared to those who quit, according to the study published Dec. 6 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Compared to men who quit smoking after cancer diagnosis, the higher risk of death among those who continued smoking varied with different types of cancer: 2.95-fold for bladder cancer, 2.36-fold for lung cancer and 2.31-fold for colorectal cancer.

"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," study author Dr. Li Tao, an epidemiologist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, said in a journal news release.

But the study contradicts that assumption and instead suggests that efforts to quit are indeed worthwhile.

"As far as we know, only a fraction of cancer patients who are smokers at diagnosis receive formal smoking cessation counseling from their physicians or health care providers at the time of diagnosis and treatment, and less than half of these patients eventually quit smoking after the diagnosis," Tao said. "Therefore, there is considerable room for improvement with regard to tobacco control [after diagnosis] for the growing population of cancer survivors."

Although the study found a higher death risk among men with cancer who keep smoking, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The American Cancer Society offers a guide to quitting smoking.

Copyright © 2013 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:11:09 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
  • Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:10:21 GMT
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
  • Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:08:46 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms