Smoking reduction may lead to decreased lung cancer risk

Rogers, D.
December 2005
Thorax;Dec2005, Vol. 60 Issue 12, p1058
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a study, which found that smoking reduction may lead to decreased lung cancer risk. This study, with up to 31 years of follow up, studied the smoking habits of 11,151 men and 8,563 women aged between 20 and 93 years. 864 cases of primary lung cancer occurred during follow up. The study shows that, in heavy smokers, smoking reduction by 50% or more significantly reduces the risk of lung cancer. However, the authors conclude that smoking cessation should still be advocated as reducing smoking has not been shown to decrease the risk of other smoking related disease.


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