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Heaviest Smokers Face Greatest Risk of Death After Lung Cancer Diagnosis
Date:6/5/2009

tumors, the authors said. And the heaviest smokers might also be targeted for measures to help them quit smoking.

Patients older than age 60 smoked, on average, 164 packs a year. Males smoked 189 packs a year compared with females' average of 112.

Patients with stage 3 tumors smoked an average of 198 packs a year.

The study is titled "Impact and interactions between smoking and traditional prognostic factors in lung cancer progression."

In addition to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, the study also involved researchers from the WVU Department of Community Medicine.

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