According to a recent study looking at smoking attitudes and practices of cancer survivors, many attempted to quit smoking within the past year.
In a recent blog post, Dr. Shane Gallaway of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discusses the important role of health professionals in educating cancer survivors about the impact from continuing to smoke.
Health professionals can provide cessation counseling and refer cancer survivors to resources to help them quit smoking. Dr. Gallaway shares his experience as a former smoker and reflects on how the loss of a family member to cancer motivates him to educate people about preventing cancer, getting timely and accurate care, and increasing the quality of life for cancer survivors.
Visit the CDC's website for resources to help you care for cancer survivors who use tobacco.