Breast Cancer Women Increase Risk of Death by Smoking


Research presented at the Ninth Annual American Association of Cancer Research Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research Conference concluded that “women who are current smokers or have a history of smoking had a 39 percent higher rate of dying from breast cancer…..even after accounting for a wide array known prognostic factors including clinical, socioeconomic and behavioral factors.”

Two thousand two hundred sixty seven multi-ethnic women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1997 and 2000 were enrolled into the study and followed for an average of 9 years. Causes of deaths in the group were examined for deaths of smokers that were related to breast cancer, non breast cancer, and all causes. There were 164 breast cancer deaths and 120 non-breast cancer deaths at follow up. Of the deaths those who were current smokers or had a history of smoking had a 39% increased rate of dying from breast cancer and a twofold increased risk of dying from non-breast cancer causes than those who never smoked. Additional information can be found at:

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