Never Too Late: Quitting Smoking at Any Age Slashes Cancer Risk

February 22, 2024 by filtermag.org

Never Too Late: Quitting Smoking at Any Age Slashes Cancer Risk

Quitting smoking at any age significantly reduces cancer risks, especially for lung cancer, as found in a recent study. Even older individuals see benefits, with those quitting at 50+ experiencing a 40% drop in lung cancer risk. Benefits extend to liver, colorectal, and stomach cancers. Despite an initial rise in risk post-quitting, long-term benefits are substantial, with overall cancer risk halving in 15 years. Messaging about never being too late to quit is crucial for older smokers' health. While quitting entirely is healthiest, harm reduction methods like reducing cigarette intake can still improve health.


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