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In what at first seems like a bizarre twist, lighting up a ‘cancer stick’ lowers your risk of melanoma, new US research confirms.
Men who had ever smoked had a significantly lower risk of melanoma (relative risk 0.72) compared to men who had never smoked, and current smokers had an even lower risk (RR 0.52) , according to the study involving 145,709 people pooled from two large national cohorts.
The same could not be said of women, the researchers from Harvard Medical School said, but when male and female data was combined, compared with never smokers, ever smokers had a lower risk of melanoma.
“We detected trends between lower melanoma risk and longer duration of smoking, intensity of smoking in current smokers…