Colon cancer recurrence chances higher in smokers as against non-smokers: Study

on Thursday, 04 April 2013. Posted in Women's Health, Men's Health, News Written By: HealthTzars News Group

Colon cancer recurrence chances higher in smokers as against non-smokers: Study

Here’s another study that just proved ‘smoking is injurious to health.’ As per a research carried out by a team at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle; post colon cancer surgery- non-smokers have better chances of survival and staying cancer-free as against smokers.

Smoking is known to cause colon cancer on account of two reasons; one because of the carcinogens transported to the colon through tobacco smoke and secondly because tobacco consumption leads to increase in the polyp size, making it more prone to cancer.

While researchers had already earlier found, that smokers with colon cancer had a higher mortality rate as against non-smokers they wanted to further study the link between smoking and colon cancer recurrence. For the latter part, the research team once again analyzed surveys of over 2000 people who had already been through colon cancer surgeries.

Based on the surveillance of these colon cancer patients, the research team concluded that smokers were 23 percent more likely to die or have their cancer return.The study's lead author Amanda Phipps, speaking on these findings stated "current smokers have a poorer prognosis."

This study was published in the journal of in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  

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