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SPAIN, third largest SMOKERS

SPAIN, third largest SMOKERS


“In fact, until 2000, Spain was at the bottom of Europe in the number of women smokers, but now ranks third.|

In this sense, experts say that the high prevalence should be a compelling reason, not only to enhance smoking cessation plans, regardless of gender, but also to urge the government to achieve greater political commitment to cancer research In order to find new treatments that achieve a cure or improve survival and quality of life of patients.

In his opinion, further steps should target the development of innovation aimed at the definition of clinical criteria and molecular imaging that can identify individuals with higher risk of lung cancer, the development of screening programs as efficient as possible and research of new molecules which may play a role in this struggle.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in cancer news

 

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Smoking ups death risk due to breast cancer

A new study has revealed the women who smoke or have a history of smoking are at 39 percent higher risk of death due to breast cancer.


Although smoking is associated with lung cancer and implicated in several other cancers, it is unclear what effect smoking has on breast cancer, said Dejana Braithwaite of the University of California.


“Specifically, it is unclear how long women live following breast cancer diagnosis and whether smoking increases the risk of death because of breast cancer progression or whether there is an association between smoking and life expectancy following breast cancer diagnosis that works through affecting non-breast cancer causes of death,” she said.


Braithwaite and colleagues enrolled 2,265 multi-ethnic women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1997 and 2000. Researchers examined whether smoking affected death from breast cancer, non-breast cancer related causes and death from all causes.


Results showed that 164 deaths from breast cancer and 120 deaths from non-breast cancer causes occurred during follow-up.


Women who were current or past smokers and also had a HER2-negative tumour subtype had a 61 percent increased risk for breast cancer death compared with those who never smoked.


“The implication of this research is that it is important for physicians to improve smoking cessation efforts, especially among women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, in order to improve breast cancer specific outcomes and overall health outcomes,” said Braithwaite.


The findings were presented at the Ninth Annual AACR Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference.


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Posted by on November 9, 2010 in cancer news

 

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