Smoking and Breast Cancer

Smoking and Breast Cancer

For many years, we have been warned that smoking can cause a number of different kinds of cancers.  Throat and lung cancer are the most well known, of course.  Then there is larynx, kidney and stomach cancer.  And now a new study suggests that smoking may cause breast cancer as well.

This study has found that premenopausal women who smoke have a higher risk of breast cancer than women who don’t smoke.  It also found, however, that women who were postmenopausal were less likely to develop the disease than nonsmokers.  I’m told that is because women who have experienced menopause have low levels of circulating estrogen and they may actually benefit from tobacco’s anti-estrogenic effects.

Of course, the more women smoked the higher the risk of getting cancer.

To this day, I wonder why a person would even pick up a cigarette?.  Besides the obvious health risk, it’s a totally disgusting habit.  I mean, c’mon, have you ever kissed a person who smokes or smelled their clothes?  Gross me out.

So, if you don’t want to have to worry about getting yet another kind of cancer, don’t smoke – period.

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