Lung Cancer Reaches Smokers after 30 Years

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Smokers are most likely to have tumor lung diseases 30 years after they start their habit. This is the conclusion made by Australian oncologists.

Doctors from Australia have discovered a sharp increase of lung cancer among women. They have found the cause – it turned out that in the early 1980s, the number of smokers in Australia has increased dramatically. Thanks to massive advertising, the society then began to form the image of a smoker as a successful person.

It is interesting to observe that the number of male smokers in Australia has been regularly decreasing since 1984, but women have been smoking more and more actively since the 1980-s. Because of this, lung cancer is now the main cause of death among all tumor diseases in Australia. According to statistics, 82% of the patients die from this disease within five years after hearing this diagnosis.

Head of the Cancer Institute of Australia, Professor David Carrow, says that the current statistics very clearly shows the 30-year interval between the onset of smoking and lung cancer increase. Though the popularity of cigarettes among women was growing in the 1980-s and was fluctuating in different periods of history, this habit continues to be attributed to men.

However, the scientists insist that after quitting smoking, the likelihood of developing lung cancer decreases with every year. If we take into account all the known factors, quitting smoking will be the most powerful prevention of lung cancer. The study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology has shown that the people who quit smoking after developing lung cancer live two years longer than those who continue to smoke, finding it useless to quit.

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