Smoking may worsen survival odds after colon cancer surgery

04/3/2013 | Reuters

Researchers studying about 2,000 colon cancer patients found that smokers were 23% more likely than nonsmokers to die or have cancer recurrence three years after having a portion of their colon removed. The effect of smoking on cancer outcomes was more pronounced among patients who were smoking at the time of diagnosis, according to the study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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