Does smoking make breast cancer more deadly?

It’s commonly known that smoking can lead to different health risks, especially lung cancer. But did you know that smoking is reported to also increase your risk of death if you develop breast cancer?

Huffington Post recently reported on a Japanese study that found that smoking makes breast cancer more deadly among those who have smoke for several years. The study surveyed more than 800 women with breast cancer and found that those who were long-time smokers of more than two decades had “at least triple the odds of dying of any cause, or from breast cancer in particular, compared with women who never used cigarettes.”

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015 that there will be about 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women and that about 40,290 women will die from breast cancer. Currently, lung cancer and breast cancer are the top two leading causes of death for women in the United States.

It should be noted, however, that not all the evidence of this study may be conclusive. There will need to be more studies and tests done to determine if smoking does directly cause breast cancer. But women should understand that smoking causes many risks and is ultimately detrimental to their health.