Talking Points

Talking Points

Smoking and Melanoma risk

April 1, 2019 at 7:06 pm

There are many good reasons to give up smoking including the possibility of lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.


However there is now a dermatology study showing a link between smoking and reduced survival in patients with skin cancer, specifically melanoma.


The study that was carried out in Leeds, showed that survival from melanoma was lower in patients who smoked.  It is not yet known why this is the case but it seems likely that smoking has a negative effect on the immune system that reduced its ability to fight melanoma during treatment.


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