Smoking May Hurt The Body’s Fight Against Skin Cancer

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A new study showing smoking can hurt the immune system’s ability to fight off cancer.

The study found patients with malignant melanoma who were regular smokers in the past have a 40 percent lower chance of surviving than patients who haven’t smoked.

While the study does associate smoking with a decrease in the survival rate for cancer, it doesn’t directly link it as the cause for the drop.

According to a researcher of the study Julia Newton-Bishop stated:

The result is that smokers could still mount an immune response to try and destroy the melanoma, but it appears to have been less effective than in never-smokers, and smokers were less likely to survive their cancer.

The study was published Sunday in the journal Cancer Research.

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