I’m a smoker. Can I keep smoking?

If you are a teen smoker, you aren’t alone. According to the American Cancer Society, 90 percent of new smokers are children and teenagers. It’s not a secret that smoking is a dangerous habit for both the smoker and those around the smoker.

But now that you have cancer, smoking is going to make your fight against cancer much, much harder. According to the National Cancer Institute, studies have found that those who quit smoking are more likely to recover from their cancer than those who don’t. Continuing to smoke can mess up how well your treatment works, and can also intensify the gross side effects of treatment.

If I already have cancer, why does it matter if I smoke?

Whether your cancer is related to smoking or not, if you continue smoking you have an increased risk of developing a second cancer at the same or another site in your body. If you require a surgery as part of your cancer treatment, it is important to know that smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to have complications after surgical procedures.

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