Study: Smokers with early lung cancer can increase survival chances if they quit

British-Medical-JournalGoing by the findings of a recent British research, published in the Friday edition of the British Medical Journal, smokers diagnosed of early lung cancer can increase their survival chances two- fold if they quit smoking, as compared to those who continue to smoke.

The study, funded by the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and other governmental organizations, is thus far the first one to gauge the effects of continued smoking after lung cancer diagnosis.

The findings of the study were essentially based on a comprehensive analysis of earlier data from 10 studies that examined the post-cancer-diagnosis period of survival of smokers.

The researchers found that people who kicked the smoking habit after being diagnosed with lung cancer had a 63-70 percent chance of surviving after five years, vis-à-vis the 29-33 percent survival possibility of their counterparts who continued to smoke.

Commenting on the findings, Amanda Parsons – lead researcher from the University of Birmingham’s UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies – said that the great potential benefit that the study’s results underscore make them important enough to be shared with patients and their families.

Parsons added: “The message is you should never give up on giving up smoking. Even at the stage where you have been diagnosed with early stage lung cancer ... if you give up smoking, your body can still partially recover and your risk is reduced.”