Smoking before or after a breast cancer diagnosis associated with poorer breast cancer survival
Full article: https://ascopubs.org/doi/10.1200/JCO.2015.63.9328
Cigarette smoking is an important public health issue that causes more than 480,000 deaths annually. Smoking increases the risk of many diseases, from heart disease to stroke. This research indicates that smoking before and or after a diagnosis of breast cancer affects survival, and also shows that it is never too late to quit smoking. (02/23/16)
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- I have smoked for a long time and I am having trouble quitting. What can I do?
- I have smoked for a long time—how will quitting now make a difference to my health?
- I want to quite but I'm afraid of gaining weight. Are there any options for quitting that lower the chances that I will gain weight?
- A member of my family smokes. Will the secondhand smoke exposure affect me?
- What other actions can reduce my breast cancer risk?
FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.