Study: Smoking Increases Risk Of Breast Cancer

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It is a well-known fact that cigarette smoking can increase the risk of lung cancer, but according to a report in the British Medical Journal, it can play a role in the development of breast cancer as well.

A study out of West Virginia University looked at over 80,000 women and followed them for 10 years. What they found is that cigarette smokers were at a 16 percent greater risk for breast cancer compared to non-smokers. Even those who kick the habit were at a nine percent greater risk.

When they took a look at the effect of long-term smoking the researchers found the longer a woman smoked the greater her risk for breast cancer. Perhaps the most disturbing part of all the statistics is the fact that the increased risk continued for up to 20 years after a woman stopped smoking.

If lung cancer and emphysema and heart disease were not enough reasons to quit, perhaps the concern over breast cancer might be a motivation. Put simply, smoking cigarettes is one of the worst things you can do for your health.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio

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  • bottomline

    The American Cancer Society says, “After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates decreased by about 2% per year from 1998 to 2007.…”
    This decrease was linked only in women aged 50 who stopped using hormone therapy, used for menopause issues.
    Notice, since 1998, the number of smokers has been reduced by millions of people; notice there hasn’t been anything close to a 16%
    reduction in breast cancer cases, in any age group. IMO this is just more junk science, funded by tax payers and public donations.
    I’m waiting for the experts to blame the events in the middle ease on cigarettes – it’s strange, this deadly cigarette smoke hasn’t been packed into one of those bombs used to extinguish our enemies.

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