There’s no shortage of reasons to quit smoking, and the results of a new study present yet another health risk of cigarettes. Smoking has previously been linked to the formation of precancerous colon polyps, but this new research from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found smokers were also more likely than non-smokers to succumb to colon cancer.
The Link Between Smoking & Colon Cancer
According to the new research, current smokers were 30 percent more likely to die of colon cancer than non-smokers, and former smokers were 14 percent more likely to die from the disease. It’s still unclear whether or not quitting smoking after being diagnosed with colon cancer increases the odds of survival.
Previous studies have shown current and former smokers are 20 percent more likely to develop colon cancer than those who never picked up the smoking habit.
Regular colon cancer screenings can help detect colon cancer early or prevent it completely. If you’re over the age of 50, schedule a screening today.posted on December 31, 1969 in news