Smoking Lowers Breast Cancer Survival, Study Finds

[HealthDay News; Jan 2016] Women diagnosed with breast cancer who continue to smoke cigarettes are less likely to survive than those who never smoked or those who quit, new research finds.

The study suggests that it's never too late to quit smoking to help boost cancer survival.

"Women who quit smoking at the time of their diagnosis do better, they have better outcomes than women who continue to smoke after the diagnosis," noted study leader Michael Passarelli, a cancer epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco.

The smokers also had a higher risk of dying from respiratory cancers or heart disease and strokes, the research team found.

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