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Title: Tobacco use in adult long-term survivors of retinoblastoma.
Authors: Foster MC,  Kleinerman RA,  Abramson DH,  Seddon JM,  Tarone RE,  Tucker MA
Journal: Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev
Date: 2006 Aug
Branches: REB, GEB
PubMed ID: 16896033
PMC ID: not available
Abstract: A significant risk of lung cancer was identified among hereditary, but not nonhereditary, retinoblastoma (Rb) patients. Tobacco use was investigated to determine whether differences in smoking prevalence might explain the lung cancer excess and to characterize smoking patterns in adult survivors of Rb. Subjects were 441 hereditary and 395 nonhereditary 1-year survivors of Rb, age >or=18 years, who responded to a telephone survey about current health behavior, including tobacco use. Response rates were 76% for hereditary and 73% for nonhereditary survivors. We compared patterns and predictors of current tobacco use among hereditary and nonhereditary survivors with other childhood cancer survivor studies and the U.S. population. Hereditary Rb survivors currently smoke cigarettes significantly less frequently than nonhereditary survivors (16. 8% versus 24.3%), although among current smokers, age at smoking initiation (17 years old) and average cigarettes (1.5 packs) smoked daily are similar. Predictors of current and ever cigarette smoking include nonhereditary Rb, older age, being female, less education, and use of other tobacco products. Rb survivors smoke cigarettes significantly less than the U.S. population (rate ratio, 0.63; 95% confidence interval, 0.5-0.8 for males; rate ratio, 0.75; 95% confidence interval, 0.6-0.9 for females), but Rb survivors have comparable smoking rates with other childhood cancer survivors. Smoking did not account for the increased risk of lung cancer among hereditary Rb patients, and this may point to an enhanced sensitivity to the carcinogenic effects of tobacco. Adult survivors of Rb should be encouraged to stop smoking.