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39% of lung cancer patients still smoking within a year of diagnosis, say researchers

A third of smokers continued to light up despite being diagnosed with lung cancer, according to a study.

Of the approximately 5,000 U.S. lung and colorectal cancer patients surveyed, 39 per cent of the former were still smoking within the year of their diagnosis.

While 14 per cent of colon cancer patients admitted they still lit up after their results.

Five months later researchers went back to the patients and found 14 per cent of lung cancer patients and 9 per cent of colon cancer patients were still smoking.

'It's an addiction,' lead researcher Elyse Park, a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital,' told the New York Daily News.

'I don't think everyone is able to quit cold turkey.'

New Yorker, Lousie Bruno, 51, gave up smoking briefly when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

But, after being given the all clear is back on a packet a day.

'It (cancer) scares the hell out of me, but you still light that cigarette,' Ms Bruno told the New York Daily News.

'My throat hurts me in the morning and I'll think, "I have throat cancer." And I'll light another cigarette.'

Dr Park's findings are published today in journal CANCER.

The researcher added that most cancer patients try to give up smoking and fail, while others are 'fatalistic' believing they will die anyway whether they quit or not.

But lung cancer specialist Dr Benjamin Levy emphasises cancer patients should cut out the cigarettes because smoking can make chemotherapy and radiation less effective.

Published: Monday, January 23, 2012

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