Prevention

Smoking Associated with Increased Risk of Developing a Second Smoking-Related Cancer

According to an analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients and survivors who smoked prior to their cancer diagnosis had an up to five times higher risk of developing a second primary cancer than patients who never smoked. The federally funded analysis of data on 15,000 patients in five large prospective studies shows that survivors of bladder, kidney, stage I lung and head and neck cancers who smoke 20 or more cigarettes a day prior to their cancer diagnosis are at an increased risk of developing second smoking-related cancers.

Obesity Linked to Shorter Survival after Diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer

JCO Research Round Up
October 21, 2013

A large, long-term follow-up study showed that people who were overweight or obese years before their pancreatic cancer diagnosis tend to have more advanced stage at diagnosis and shorter survival.  Prior research had suggested that having a higher body mass index (BMI) increases one’s risk of developing pancreatic cancer. This is the first prospective study to demonstrate that BMI also affects outcomes after diagnosis.

Most Women Have an Inaccurate Perception of Their Breast Cancer Risk

Breast Cancer Symposium
September 4, 2013

A large-scale survey of Long Island women who were having mammography to screen for breast cancer shows that the majority (more than 90%) either under- or overestimated their risk of developing this disease during their lifetime. Additionally, four out of every 10 women surveyed (40%) said they had never discussed their personal breast cancer risk with a doctor.

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