It is Never Too Late for Lung Cancer Patients To Quit Smoking
Lung cancer is the second most common type of Cancer in the United States. Nearly 219,000 people are diagnosed with this disease annually. Of them, approximately 116,000 are men and 103,000 are women. 160,000 people end up giving their lives because of Lung cancer every year. Smoking is the primary cause for it. 90 percent of Lung cancer deaths in men and 80 percent of deaths in women is due to smoking, in this country.
Generally, it is believed futile to convince the smokers to quit smoking. Once they are diagnosed with Lung cancer, even the doctors stop giving suggestions to them. But a latest research study (dated January 22nd 2010), carried out on smokers diagnosed with Lung cancer, reports that it is never too late to quit smoking. The study found that even after the disease is diagnosed, if the smoker puts efforts to be a quitter, then the chances of survival increases by two folds.
Knowledge Gained from Research:
- The research was carried out at the the University of Birmingham.
- The study found that life long smokers have 20 times more risk for developing Lung cancer.
- People who quit smoking after the diagnosis of lung cancer were found to be benefited.
- For people who continued to smoke even after diagnosis the chances of death and return of the tumour increased by many times.
- The take-home message of this study is that the five year survival rate doubles when smoking is stopped at the time of Lung cancer diagnosis.
Quitting smoking is not an easy task. It is because of the presence of the chemical Nicotine in the interiors of the brain. This chemical gives rise to a phenomenon called Withdrawal effect. When a smoker leaves smoking after years, the nicotine in his brain brings several physical changes in his body. Some of these changes are lack of patience and irritability, vomiting sensations, sleep disorder and fatigue. It compels the smoker intensely to resume his habit by developing a potent urge in the mind for smoking. Medical help like nicotine therapy, family support and strong will power can help smokers to quite smoking for good.