Smokers With Wrinkles At Higher Risk of Lung Cancer

Smokers who have wrinkles are at a greater risk of lung cancer as compared to those who do not have wrinkles. This was highlighted in a study by researchers of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital led by Bipen Patel. Studies were conducted on 149 former and current smokers within the age-group of 45 to 70 belonging to 78 families. It was observed that middle-aged smokers, who were heavily wrinkled had five times higher risk of lung disease as compared to those who had no wrinkles.

Wrinkles were linked up with a disease known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD), according to the researchers. COPD refers to progressive chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and bronchitis. It blocks the airways, restricting oxygen flow around the body. The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that COPD will become the third major cause of death by 2020.

Patel is of the view that those prone to COPD are also prone to wrinkles. According to him, those who had wrinkles were at a risk of developing COPD.

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