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Smoking & Breast Cancer

A new study has found smoking may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer in women.  The risk can also be greater in women who smoke at a young age — more specifically, before  they have children.

One of the study’s co-authors, Walter Willett of Harvard, says the impact of smoking on breast cancer does not appear to be major, but that it “adds to the many other damaging effects of tobacco.”  A woman who has a history of smoking cigarettes raises her risk of breast cancer by six-percent.  Women who smoke at a younger age, before becoming pregnant, could increase their risk by as much as 18-percent.  For futher reading, the study appeared

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in Monday’s issue of “Archives of Internal Medicine.”

I’m not surprised there is a correlation between smoking and breast cancer.  Afterall, the lungs are in your chest — very close to the breast tissue.  And in reality, the lungs filter all the air you enhale to the rest of your body so how could the chemicals in cigarettes and other tobacco products not reach vital organs and other tissue in your body?  The question is, how much do we really want to increase the risk of getting cancer individually by making these choices?  We can’t live in a bubble, but we also need to realize the reprecussions of our choices on our body.

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