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Is cancer risk still reduced if you give up smoking in later life?


This report summarizes the experimental and epidemiological evidence examining the ability of smoking cessation to influence cancer risk reduction in later life. Available evidence suggests that smoking cessation even in later years can significantly reduce mortality and yield risk reductions for many cancers including lung, oral, head and neck, and stomach cancer, among others. More research is necessary to accurately quantify the degree of cancer risk reduction for particular age groups and to calculate the minimum time of cessation necessary to produce a significant benefit for the patient.

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