Study: 10% of cancer survivors continue to smoke

Updated: 08/06/2014 11:23 PM
Created: 08/06/2014 12:31 PM WHEC.com

Nearly 10-percent of cancer survivors continue to smoke despite the high risk of a recurrence. This is according to a large national study by the American Cancer Society.

Researchers surveyed thousands of cancer patients nine years after they were diagnosed. Nearly 10-percent said they currently smoked and most of them smoked every day. The study also found more than 80-percent of that group said they smoked nearly 15 cigarettes a day.

Survivors were more likely to smoke if they were younger, less educated, or drank more alcohol.

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