A new study by a UT Southwestern oncologist exposes what she calls an alarming trend. E-cigarette use is climbing among cancer patients and cancer survivors and could have consequences in the future.
E-cigarette use is climbing among cancer patients and cancer survivors, according to a new study by a UT Southwestern Medical Center oncologist.
Dr. Nina Sanford’s study found that:
- E-cigarette use among people with a cancer diagnosis increased from 8.5 percent in 2014 to 10.7 percent in 2017.
- The increase happened even as conventional smoking remained stable.
- E-cigarette use is especially high among young cancer patients (under the age of 50). More than a quarter of them use e-cigarettes, and it keeps going up: 23 percent of cancer patients under 50 reported using e-cigarettes in 2014 compared with 27 percent in 2017.
“The gradual but steady increase is quite striking,” said Dr. Sanford an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and doctor who specializes in treating cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. “The high prevalence of e-cigarette use among younger cancer patients and survivors is concerning.”
Dr. Sanford’s analysis was based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey, which included more than 13,000 cancer patients from 2014 to 2017. Her findings were published in the journal JAMA Oncology in February.
The study findings shed new light on e-cigarette use as the products gain increased attention ranging from federal government crackdowns on e-cigarette sales to claims that e-cigarettes can be used to quit traditional smoking.
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