Putting down your cigarette for good is no easy feat. But know this – within 20 minutes your blood pressure drops and in one year your heart disease risk lowers by 50%.
“The health benefits are almost immediate when you quit smoking. But even more profound, you can greatly reduce your chances for cancer,” says Paul Cinciripini, Ph.D., professor in the Behavioral Science and director of the Tobacco Treatment Program at MD Anderson.
Smoking is responsible for most lung cancer deaths and one-third of all cancer deaths. It also contributes to heart disease, stroke and lung disease.
Luckily, by quitting at any age you can lower your disease risks, improve your health to that of a non-smoker and live longer.
Request an appointment at MD Anderson's Lyda Hill Cancer Prevention Center online or call 877-632-6789.