Cancer not enough to make some smokers quit

January 23, 2012 2:35:17 PM PST
According to new data in the Journal of Cancer, a large number of colon and lung cancer patients keep smoking even though they know it is not good for them.

According to physicians, giving up tobacco is crucial after a cancer diagnosis because smoking can hinder treatment results.

Investigators looked at smoking rates in about 5,300 patients. Most were heavy smokers before their diagnosis.

By using the data, researchers hope they can guide oncologists to identify which patients will need help staying smoke free.