Lung cancer surprisingly common in young adult cancer survivors

Cancer survivors turn to smoking and may also be put at risk from radiotherapy, authors say

Lung cancer is a common primary malignancy in survivors of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers, according to study findings prompting a recommendation for wider provision of smoking cessation advice.

Young woman (30s) smoking

"Lung cancer accounted for a substantial proportion of the excess number of cancers observed after all AYA cancers investigated in detail," Dr Michael M. Hawkins from the Centre for Childhood Cancer Survivor Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, said by email.

Previous studies have estimated that survivors of AYA cancer have a rate of

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