Smoking and Breast Cancer

August 24, 2012

Healthy Life

Smoking and Breast Cancer

Smoking and Breast Cancer

A 2011 study recently made headlines with its findings that smoking can increase your chances of developing breast cancer, but this news didn’t come as a surprise given the onslaught of fatal diseases, various types of cancer included, that smoking can cause.

The longer you smoked for, the study also found, the higher your chances of getting breast cancer. Smokers were found to be 6% more likely to develop breast cancer but those who had been smoking for at least 30 years increased their chances to 28%. Other studies have yielded a mixed bag of results in the past but it was only a matter of time before researchers found a tangible link.

Cigarette smoking affects the hormonal balance

One of the deadly ways cigarette smoking affects the hormonal balance in the body is by lowering oestrogen levels, which is the primary cause of breast cancer. The study also found that women who smoked for longer and were heavier smokers, for example, those who started smoking before their first child, had a higher risk. Having children earlier on in life has been shown to protect you against breast cancer because of changes that take place in the breast tissue. It has also been posited that mixed results in previous studies could be because breast tissue changes were cancelling out with women who had children when they were younger.

Breast cancer is driven primarily by hormonal factors

Others have expressed surprise at only a 6% higher risk but have also conceded that breast cancer is driven primarily by hormonal factors and that women are traditionally at higher risk during the pre- and post-menopausal period. Surprisingly women who smoked after menopause had a lower chance of developing breast cancer than non-smokers, the study also revealed.

According to a review of Bull Smoke, smoking e-cigarettes has been found to help people stop smoking or substitute the habit for a healthier alternative. Because they do not contain the cocktail of dangerous ingredients found in tobacco cigarettes e-cigarettes do not expose you to multiple forms of cancer, lung disease and cardiovascular disease, and a number of people have found them to be an effective aid in helping them to quit smoking. Using nicotine-free cartridges will ensure that no chemicals are inhaled into your body and that it is only water vapour coming out of the device.

Electronic cigarettes are a more considerate way to smoke as they do not produce any second or third hand smoke that can affect the other people living in your household, or cause bad odours.

Smoking and Breast Cancer


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One Response to “Smoking and Breast Cancer”

  1. Healthy Eating Says:

    Women who smoke have an increased risk of developing breast cancer, especially if they become smokers early in life, a new study suggests.