Higher Cancer Risk for Early Smokers

November 12, 2012

Higher Cancer Risk for Early Smokers

A study published in the American cancers’ Society’s journal ‘Cancer’ indicates that that the likelihood of developing cancer of the head, neck or lungs could be increase

d if you smoke your first cigarette too soon after waking up.

Everyone knows that if you smoke cigarettes then you increase your risk of getting cancer. The study aims to find out why some smokers get cancer and others do not. Nicotine dependency is one area under investigation. This strength of nicotine dependency can be indicated by comparing times between waking up and having the first cigarette. It appears that this may have a bearing on the risks of an individual developing lung cancer, head cancer or neck cancer.

The study was divided into two distinct surveys, one for lung cancer and the other for head and neck cancers. Each survey, which only looked at smokers, broke the people down into three groups. One where people smoked their first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking, the second where the individual smoked between 31 minutes and 60 minutes of waking and the third group consisted of smokers who could wait for an hour or more before smoking.

The findings from both groups indicated that people who smoked within 30 minutes of waking had a higher risk of contracting cancer. For lung cancer the figures indicated that they were 1.79 times more likely to get the disease. If they waited for 30 minutes then they were still at a higher risk but the level of risk fell to 1.31 times more likely to get lung cancer. Both these figures compared to people who waited for an hour or more before smoking.

With head and neck cancers the results were similar. Early smokers were 1.59 times more likely to develop a head or neck cancer, those who could wait 31 minutes to one hour were 1.42 times more likely to get cancer. Again, compared to those who could wait more than an hour before smoking.

Both studies had a considerable amount of participants, the lung cancer survey consisted of 4,775 people who had lung cancer and 2,835 who did not have diagnosed lung cancer. The other group had 1,850 individuals, 1,055 had neck or head cancer sufferers, the remaining 795 people had no diagnosed cancer.

Findings indicate that that those who smoke right away after waking are increasing their likelihood of developing cancer. Whether caused be genetics or other factors this group has the highest dependency on nicotine and have the higher levels of nicotine and other tobacco related toxins in their bodies. This may indicate a higher level of addiction. This is the group that can have the most benefit from a targeted smoking cessation program and could reduce some negative health concerns.

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