In case you missed it, UK-funded researchers of Cancer from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and UCL have discovered that compared to current smokers, individuals who have stopped smoking had more genetically healthy lung cells, which have a much lower risk of developing into cancer.
This “exciting” new study suggests that protective cells in the lungs of ex-smokers could explain why quitting smoking dramatically reduces the risk of developing lung cancer.
The study shows that quitting smoking could do much more than just stopping further damage to the lungs. Researchers are also of the belief that it could also allow new, healthy cells to actively replenish the lining of our airways. This shift in proportion of healthy to damaged cells could help protect against cancer.
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