26 June 2015
A new study has found that smoking could impact a person's chances of survival after being diagnosed with breast cancer.
The findings, which were published in the journal Cancer Science, determined that smoking could increase the risk of dying early in premenopausal women with breast cancer.
Researchers looked at a prospective study of 848 women with breast cancer who were each followed for 6.7 years on average. Each female was premenopausal womendel and smoked.
The team found that those who had smoked for more than andel 21.5 years had a 3.1-times higher risk of dying from any cause. In addition, they had a 3.4-times higher risk of dying from breast cancer, while these links were not found in post-menopausal women.
"Overall, this work is monumental in advising patients about how their smoking might affect their outcome," said Dr Yuko Minami, co-author of the Cancer Science study.
She added that the study should help reduce the number of breast cancer patients who continue to smoke.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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