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Breast cancer

04 April 2011

Smoking and breast cancer linked in older women

There's a significant link between smoking and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, but it depends on their body weight, researchers report.

There's a significant link between smoking and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, but it depends on their body weight, researchers report.

Non-obese smokers with a body-mass index (BMI) of less than 30 had a significantly increased risk of cancer compared to nonsmokers. Those who smoked for 10 to 29 years had a 16% higher risk, those who smoked for 30 to 49 years had a 25% increased risk, and those who smoked for 50 years or more had a 62% greater risk.

 

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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