For people who smoke, early stage melanomas are more likely to become deadly

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People with stage I and II melanoma who smoke are at higher risk of dying from their melanoma than those who don’t smoke or who have already quit, according to Australian research. The study found that patients who smoked at the time of melanoma diagnosis had a significantly increased risk of death due to melanoma, with some having doubled risk of  death from melanoma.

Journal/conference: JAMA Network Open

Link to research (DOI): 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.54751

Organisation/s: Melanoma Institute Australia, Saint John’s Cancer Institute, USA

Funder: This study was supported by grants CA189163 and CA29605 from the National Cancer
Institute, theAmyx Foundation Inc, the Borstein Family Foundation, the Dr Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical
Research Foundation, the JohnWayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary, a fellowship from the Tarble Foundation (Dr
Jackson), and a Ruth and Martin H.Weil fellowship (Dr Fluke).

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