Cancer survivors 'smoking years after diagnosis'

4 August 2014

Almost one in ten cancer survivors smoke many years after their diagnosis, according to the results of a new study.

The American Cancer Society report also shows that, among ten cancer sites included in the analysis, the highest rates of smoking were in bladder and lung cancers, which are strongly associated with smoking.

The study, which appears early online in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that many sociodemographic variables were associated with current smoking status, with survivors who were younger, female, had lower education, and lower income most likely to remain smokers.

The study also found that married smokers had lower intentions of quitting, an unexpected finding that the researchers say has not been previously reported.

The authors stated: "Those who smoke heavily long after their diagnosis may require more intense treatment addressing specific psychosocial characteristics such as perceptions of risk, beliefs of fatalism, etc, that may influence motivation to quit."

Posted by Jeanette Royston​

 

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