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More Evidence That Smoking Raises Breast Cancer Risk
Date:2/28/2013

be the period of most concentrated increased risk. "It should allow our lab colleagues to look more closely at this window," Lacey said. Among the questions to be answered, he said, is this: "Is the smoking making the tissue more susceptible to other cancer-causing agents or is it starting the cancer in the breast?"

Gaudet said that experts think breast tissue is more susceptible to toxic exposures before a woman gives birth the first time compared to after.

The study finding, Gaudet said, ''provides additional motivation for young women who are thinking of starting to smoke not to." Those who smoked while young and gave up the habit still had a higher risk of breast cancer, she said, than never smokers.

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To learn more about smoking and cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.

SOURCES: Mia Gaudet, Ph.D., director, genetic epidemiology, American Cancer Society; James Lacey Jr., Ph.D., associate professor, cancer etiology, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif.; Feb 28, 2013, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, online


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