We already know that smoking is harmful to human organism and that it is one of the leading causes of lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, and many other illnesses that might be lethal. But a new study links smoking to a significant reduction in the body’s capacity of fighting skin cancer.
In a new study issued today in Cancer Research, the scientists at the University of Leeds revealed that melanoma patients who smoke regularly present by 40 percent lower chances to survive in comparison with those who don’t use to smoke. The research was carried out on more than 700 melanoma patients and revealed that smoking diminishes the ability of the immune system to fight off skin cancer.
The scientists believe that smoking is negatively impacting the immune system’s ability to cope with melanoma cancer cells. Melanoma, is the most lethal form of skin cancer, affecting people of all ages, and boasting a reduced survival rate.
Smoking Reduces The Body’s Capacity Of Fighting Skin Cancer
“Based on these findings, stopping smoking should be strongly recommended for people diagnosed with melanoma,” said Julia Newton-Bishop from the University of Leeds. “The immune system is like an orchestra, with multiple pieces. This research suggests that smoking might disrupt how it works together in tune, allowing the musicians to continue playing but possibly in a more disorganized way,” she continued.
“The result is that smokers could still mount an immune response to try and destroy the melanoma, but it appears to have been less effective than in never-smokers, and smokers were less likely to survive their cancer,” Newton-Bishop added.
“Overall, these results show that smoking could limit the chances of melanoma patients’ survival, so it’s especially important that they are given all the support possible to give up smoking for good,” also said Julie Sharp from the Cancer Research UK which funded the new study.