Hem/Onc Roundup: Black Smokers Less Likely to Quit, Benefits of Aspirin Use, and More

Black Smokers Are Less Likely To Quit Than White Ones. Now The Question Is ‘Why?’

A study found that Black smokers were less likely than their White counterparts to respond to smoking cessation pharmacotherapies. But using race alone as the variable in smoking cessation studies “do little to advance the field,” according to the researchers.

Black Smokers Are Less Likely To Quit Than White Ones. Now The Question Is ‘Why?’

Is Inflammation from Common Medications Tied to Pancreatic Cancer?

Inflammation resulting from use of commonly prescribed mediations does not increase risk of pancreatic cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology. Some studies report that acute pancreatitis is associated with increased risk of cancer. Certain medications, such as diuretics, estrogens, Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and others, can cause inflammation that may lead to the development of acute drug-induced pancreatitis (DIP).

Is Inflammation from Common Medications Tied to Pancreatic Cancer?

New Figures on Rates of Alcohol-Related Cancer

Alcohol consumption accounts for nearly 5% of cancer incidence in the United States on average, according to a new study from researchers at the American Cancer Society. According to the investigators, more than 75,000 cancer cases and 18,947 cancer deaths per year were related to alcohol consumption between 2013 and 2016.

New Figures on Rates of Alcohol-Related Cancer

Aspirin Use May Improve Survival in Breast, Bladder Cancers

Older patients with breast cancer or bladder cancer may increase their survival by taking aspirin, according to a study. Aspirin use was not found to increase the risk of incident cancer. However, aspirin use at least three times a week increased survival in patients with bladder and breast cancers, as did any aspirin use.

Aspirin Use May Improve Survival in Breast, Bladder Cancers