Study: Greater benefit to quitting smoking

January 22, 2010 4:28:02 PM PST
Smokers diagnosed with early stage lung cancer may be able to double their odds of survival if they can just quit their smoking habit, according to a dramatic new findings in the British Medical Journal.

For the study, researchers poured over 10 prior studies.

Nearly 70 percent of the cancer patients who quit made it to the five-year mark, which compares to only 30 percent who kept smoking.

It's not certain yet whether quitting smoking actually caused the decline in deaths, but researchers are saying the results justify offering cessation counseling to people diagnosed with lung cancer.