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Many keep smoking after cancer diagnosis

Posted Jan 23 2012 10:02pm

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msnbc.com

Unfortunately, the 58-year-old was so hooked, she couldn’t kick the habit even after part of her left lung was removed.

“I remember my surgeon told me ‘If you ever smoke again, your husband should break your fingers,’” says the Philadelphia resident, who was diagnosed and had surgery in 2010. “And I was like, ‘Okay, I’m not going to smoke again.’ But then I came home from surgery, recuperated for a few weeks and started up again. I couldn’t help myself.”

According to a new study in the American Cancer Society journal CANCER, Manes is just one of many patients who’ve found themselves smoking after diagnosis.

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