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Smoking intensity predicts seriousness of bladder cancer

  • Posted: January 15, 2013

Smoking not only causes bladder cancer — it also affects its course, in that people who smoke more have greater likelihood of developing more aggressive and deadly disease. That is one of the conclusions of a new study published online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study, conducted by researchers with the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and the Keck School of Medicine of USC (home of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center) also found that a panel of bladder cancer markers can predict which particular cases are at the highest risk for a fatal outcome.

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