Spontaneous Smoking Cessation - A Sign of Lung Cancer?

We all know quitting smoking is generally a very difficult task, but obviously is the right thing to do, is ideal to lessen our chance of cancer development and is essential in obtaining a better physical and mental health, but could a spontaneous smoking cessation, and one without difficulty, be an early indication of lung cancer?

Recent research work, funded by the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and published in The Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), has led researchers to speculate that this could be a possibility.

Reasons for this speculation:

It was found through structured interviews with patients from the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, that many of the patients with lung cancer stopped smoking before the actual diagnosis, before any clinical cancer symptoms emerged and without difficulty.

Out of a study of 115 patients with lung cancer, all being previous smokers, a massive 48% of the patients quit before cancer diagnosis and an impressive 31% quit with no difficulty at all. The time period from them quitting smoking to lung cancer diagnosis being 2.7 yearscompared to 24.3 years for prostate cancer (and other large intervals for other cancers), along with the 31% of patients who quit smoking with no difficulty, led the researchers to postulate that a spontaneous cessation of smoking could be an early indicator for lung cancer.

A possible reason, given by the researchers, for this sans difficulty spontaneous smoking cessation could be due to a tumour secretion of a substance interfering with nicotine addiction, which eases addiction, withdrawal effects and difficulty.

Overall much research needs to be conducted on this matter, but for the moment the results challenge the general belief that individuals with lung cancer generally quit smoking due to already having disease symptoms and hopefully will spark a heightened awareness on this possible matter.

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

I'm curious about these findings. My sister quit after she found out she had lung cancer and had a terrible time doing without the cigarettes. 2 years previous she had quit for a year, but went back. I wonder if quitting might cause growths to appear.

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Iontach 5 years ago Author

Hi Barbara, thanks for your comment.

Well I wouldn't say quitting would cause the growth to appear but maybe her quitting 2 years before discovering the news was a sign? - Well going by the latest hypothesis. Did she have difficulty in quitting the time she quit 2 years previous?

So sorry about your sisters misfortune. :(

Cheers Iontach

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sunchild28 5 years ago from Nigeria

Useful advice which really fascinated me a lot,am glad to hear and this article from you lontach,you actually did a great job here which am very happy for.

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Iontach 5 years ago Author

Hi Sunchild! Thanks for your comment :)

I read about this in a paper recently and had to write some more about it. Thanks for your kind words.



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