Smokers 7 times more likely to get cancer than non-smokers: study

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SINGAPORE. December 16. KAZINFORM A recent study by the National University of Singapore (NUS) showed that smokers are seven times more likely than non-smokers to get lung cancer. Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

After tracking 45,900 Chinese here from 1993 to 2007, the study also found that six years is all it takes to dramatically cut a smoker's risk of getting the disease, local daily The Straits Times reported on Thursday.

Six years after quitting, an ex-smoker's chance of getting cancer is 28 percent less than someone who is still smoking.

Those who continue to stay off cigarettes have their risk of getting lung cancer halved. In other words, for every two smokers who get cancer, only one non-smoker would.

The study is part of the long-term Singapore Chinese Health study launched in 1993 by the NUS and funded by the National Institutes of Health of the United States. It is still ongoing.

Participants are tracked on their diet and lifestyle. Some have since died, emigrated or are no longer part of the study for other reasons. The participants are being tracked for several ailments, the majority linked to cancer.

Some 1,000 people here die from lung cancer each year. Kazinform cites Xinhua. See www.xinhuanet.com for full version

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