Dec 23, 2013 1:34 PM by NBC News

Quitting smoking after cancer diagnosis offers benefits

New research suggests it's not too late to quit smoking, even after a cancer diagnosis.

A study of male cancer patients found those who kicked the habit when they were diagnosed were 76% less likely to die from any cause than men who continued to smoke.

Experts say only a small fraction of cancer patients get smoking counseling after being diagnosed and less than half eventually quit, but these findings show quitting interventions could greatly increase lifespan of patients and should be a regular part of post-diagnosis treatment.

This study was led by researchers at Cancer Prevention Institute of California and published in 'Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.'



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