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Saves Lives By Screening For Colorectal Cancer

Although colon cancer is a preventable and even highly curable disease, it remains the second source of cancer deaths in the U.S. according to gastroenterologists Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl. Why? Not nearly enough people are getting screened, and experts want to get the word out that with screening cancer of the colon, a disease often without symptoms, can be detected early and even prevented from developing at all. Amazingly one in every three American is NOT getting screened for colorectal cancers, even though the screening tests are available everywhere.

Colon cancer is defined by your doctor as a malignant tumor that grows from the inside wall of the colon, also known as the large intestine, the long coiled tube that takes water from food after it’s been digested. Rectal cancer is a cancerous tumor that forms in the rectum, which is the medical term used for the last 6 inches of the large intestine where stool is stored before leaving the body. These two cancers share lots of risk factors, symptoms and the type of screening that’s done to detect them. It’s the treatment plans that are typically different. Colorectal cancer is a term that covers both colon and rectal cancers.

Here are five facts to think about before you put off a colorectal cancer screening…

1. Screening for colorectal cancer can save your life, finding a cancer very early on or spotting polyps before they get a chance to be cancer. Screening should start at 50 for both men and women. In years to come there may be a new test to detect colorectal cancer involving a breath sample, a method just presented in the December 2012 British Journal of Surgery.

2. Have screenings when you are feeling well because early colorectal cancers don’t have symptoms and you feel just fine. Screening before symptoms is the key, by the time you’re having symptoms the cancer is no longer in its early, most treatable stages.

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Saves Lives By Screening For Colorectal Cancer Continued…

3. Know the risks for colorectal cancer and talk with your doctor about getting screened earlier than 50 years if you have reason to do so. Your risk can go up if you have inflammatory bowel disease, a personal history of colon cancer or polyps, a family history of colon cancer or polyps or conditions such as familial adenomatous polyposis or Lynch syndrome that can cause colon cancer.

4. Live healthy – stop smoking, get moving and start eating better (avoid red and processed meats, eat lots of fiber) to bring down your risk of being diagnosed with this type of cancer. Exercise especially is linked with lower rates of colon and breast cancers according to research in the May 2012 Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

5. This type of cancer doesn’t discriminate; one in every 20 is diagnosed with colorectal cancer sometime in their life. This disease affects both men and women equally.

In this year alone, an estimated 102,480 cases of colon cancer, another 40,340 cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed. You can keep yourself from being one of them by making the call to schedule that screening, and making lifestyle changes that reduce your risk of disease.

To your good health,

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Six Tips To Gorgeous Skin

Your skin is the one thing that really impacts how good you look (and feel), more than the right clothes or makeup, the trendy haircut or fine jewelry. A lit from within complexion will get you noticed faster and more often than any of these things. And while some people win the lottery in terms of heredity when it comes to skin, there are still things you can do to help keep your skin glowing.

1. No smoking as researchers found when studying identical twins, those who smoked looked years older than a twin who didn’t. Studies have shown that smoking is linked to premature wrinkling, and we all know it is not good for your health. If you can’t quit for health reasons, maybe looking older before you time might motivate you.

2. Use sunscreen as the same research on smoking saw that the twin who wore sunscreen looked far younger than the one who did not. Dull, rough skin and uneven skin tone are often related to being out in the sun without sunscreen, getting that golden tan.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30. Do this even on overcast days and remember to reapply every two to three hours while you’re outside.

3. Consider retinoids to unclog pores, help clear acne as well as reduce fine lines, boost collagen production, lighten brown spots and freckles and even help with skin texture. They are even thought to be helpful in treating precancerous lesions. These are available by prescription only and are a good part of any topical anti aging regimen.

Making a retinoid part of your nighttime regimen starting in your 20s is a smart move. The side effects of retinoids are dryness, flaking and redness in the beginning. You might try by applying a pea sized amount every second (or third) night to help your skin adjust.

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Six Tips To Gorgeous Skin Continued…

4. Keep skincare simple because overuse of skincare products is one of the biggest mistake people make in taking care of their skin. Using a lot of different ingredients is often irritating; what’s more, some cancel out each other’s benefits. The acid in salicylic or glycolic acid breaks down an ingredient like retinol, hydroquinone or vitamin C. So more isn’t better, instead choose a simple cleanser, sunscreen, a moisturizer and a retinoid or retinol.

5. Be patient and give skincare products time to work. Changing your skincare products every few weeks can really do more harm than good. You need to give the products you choose a chance… finish the whole tube or bottle of an item before you decide how well it works. The only exception to this rule is if your skin reacts with swelling, redness or burning.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make changes with the season. Swap the oil free moisturizer you use in the warmer summer for one that’s more emollient during the winter, when the cold and indoor heating can take moisture out of your skin.

6. Live a balanced life which includes eating right and staying away from processed foods as much as you can. A key part of a healthy lifestyle is to exercise regularly as a workout ups circulation and the natural flow of nutrients to the skin. Also important is to be sure you are getting enough sleep, at least seven to nine hours a night. Regular sleep is especially good for your skin as it optimizes the natural secretion of human growth hormone and promotes cell turnover and collagen production.

To your good health,

Being Inactive Is As Bad As Smoking!

Astonishing that both smoking and inactivity account for the deaths of 5.3 million people the world over according to a 2012 report in the journal The Lancet. Even more startling is that those who sit on the couch have just as much of a disadvantage to their health as a current smoker. Numbers from the World Heart Federation demonstrate that inactivity may be as dangerous for the heart as smoking a full pack of cigarettes a day.

Well-known inactivity researcher Marc Hamilton of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center explains that too much sitting causes the levels of enzymes responsible for breaking down fats in the blood to drop. This causes levels of good (HDL) cholesterol, to fall, and without this protection the risk of heart disease is increased. Being inactive after recovering from cancer puts you at great risk of having the cancer return, while regular exercise of any kind can offer some protection.

Researchers have sounded the alarm, inactivity is so serious it should be treated as a pandemic – we need to get the word out about the impact of staying inactive. Figures from the study have one in 10 deaths tied to inactivity. What’s more, the World Health Organization has numbers that suggest physical inactivity is the major cause in 21-25% of cancers of the breast or colon, 27% of cases of type 2 diabetes, and as many as 30% of those with ischemic heart disease. Those are some serious numbers.

Another danger to your health, stress (and potential high blood pressure) is harder to manage when you’re sitting… and thinking about your stressors. Being active is known to help ease stress and do wonders for your heart as well. High blood pressure is often referred to as “the silent killer” because it rarely has any signs or symptoms, which is why you need to know your numbers no matter what your age or health status.

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Being Inactive Is As Bad As Smoking! Continued…

Watching TV is a pleasant, but particularly troubling pastime. Australian research found that those who sat and watched TV for over 4 hours a day were 80% more likely to die for reasons related to heart and artery disease than those who watched less television. For each added hour of watching TV per day, the risk of death rose by 11%.

Research at Harvard University also sounded a warning about TV watching – this time it was a link between too much time sitting in front of the TV and the chances of suffering from depression. Active women who regularly exercised were about 20% less likely to have depression as women who didn’t exercise on a regular basis. Experts think that because exercise triggers the release of beneficial endorphins, the more often you workout, the more you benefit from those feelings of well being.

When it comes to being active, anything that gets your heart rate up for 30 minutes each day, five days per week is right. It can be playing with the kids, working at a physically demanding job, housework and any fun activity that calls for lots of movement. A brisk walk is great, and you can break this into 3 ten-minute walks if short bursts of activity fit better with your schedule.

To your good health,

Lower Your Stroke Risk With Tomatoes, A Natural Source Of Lycopene

Worried about stroke risk? Now you have more reason than ever to follow a diet with lots of fruits and veggies. A new Finnish analysis appearing in the journal Neurology finds that men who eat lots of tomatoes or tomato-based products also enjoy a reduced risk of stroke. Tomatoes are known to be a rich source of lycopene, a beneficial antioxidant that gives these foods their deep color. Men who took part in this study and had the highest levels of lycopene in their bloodstreams had a 55% lower risk of stroke compared to those who had the lowest levels of this substance in their blood.

Tomatoes, beyond being one of the most concentrated food sources of lycopene, also bring you vitamin C, folate and potassium.

The current research looked at lycopene levels in blood, not at how many tomatoes the subjects ate. The research included just over 1,000 males ages 46 to 65 years old living in Finland. The levels of lycopene and other antioxidants in the blood were measured when the study started and the subjects were then followed for almost 12 years. During that time 67 of them had a stroke. The strokes were more common among older subjects and those who had diabetes.

The thing is, even after controlling for these and other factors, the subjects with the highest lycopene levels were 55% less apt to suffer a stroke than those with the lowest levels. There was no link between stroke risk and the blood levels of the other antioxidants, alpha carotene, beta carotene, alpha tocopherol and retinol, studied. The team saw that the lowered risk was highest for the type of strokes caused by blood clots of the brain that are known to medicine as ischemic strokes.

According to the research, cooked tomatoes appear to have a bigger impact on blood levels of lycopene than raw tomatoes or tomato in juice form. Other sources of lycopene include apricots, watermelon, guava, papaya and pink grapefruit. Also interesting that smokers tended to have lower levels of lycopene in their blood. Lead study author Jouni Karppi, a researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, believes the findings make a stronger case than ever for eating right to prevent strokes.

If only people would eat the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies each day as we might see huge reductions in the number of strokes suffered the world over. Other work has shown that high lycopene e levels might be associated with a lower risk of some types of cancers including cancers of the prostate, lung and stomach. It’s safe to say that eating more fruits and veggies to cut your risk of stroke is a smart strategy.

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Lower Your Stroke Risk With Tomatoes, A Natural Source Of Lycopene Continued…

When it comes to stroke risk, getting plenty of fruits and veggies, along with other nutritious foods is only part of the story. Regular exercise is also a critical step of prevention of such a devastating event. Experts are quick to point out that lifestyle changes are more effective than any medication you can take.

Some of things you can to help prevent a stroke:

- Keep high blood pressure under control.

- Work to bring high cholesterol numbers under control.

- Don’t smoke, and if you do, quit or cut down.

- Mange your diabetes so you minimize the danger of complications from the disease.

It appears the benefits of lycopene in terms of stroke risk only apply to whole foods, not to supplements. And while the study included only men, it’s likely that the findings apply to women as well. So now you truly have no reason not to eat healthy if you’re worried about stroke risk, or just want to be as healthy as you can be.

To your good health,

Effective Ways To Avoid Cancer

Some startling news about ways to avoid cancer. Almost half of the cancers diagnosed in the United Kingdom, over 130,000 in all, are brought on by avoidable life choices. Things like smoking cigarettes, drinking and eating the wrong things according to a new review by Cancer Research UK. Tobacco is the major culprit – bringing 23% of cancers in men; 15.6% in women.

The lead author for the report, Professor Max Parkin knows that many people think cancer is up to fate… or in the genes… it’s sheer luck as to who gets cancer and who doesn’t. Thinking that lifestyle choices can have an impact is a radical notion, but yet looking at the evidence, it’s obvious that almost 40% of all cancers are caused by things under our direct control.

In total for the work, 14 environmental and lifestyle factors combined to bring on 134,000 cancers in the UK during 2010. About 100,000, or 34%, of UK cancers are associated with smoking, diet, alcohol and extra weight. One in 25 cancers is linked to jobs that have to do with being exposed to chemicals or asbestos. Doctors know that smoking has a strong, proven link to lung cancers.

A lack of fruits and veggies in a man’s diet, being overweight for a woman were also important lifestyle choices that contributed to cancer diagnoses. For men, the best advice of the experts appears to be stop smoking and eat a healthier diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and cut down on how much alcohol you drink on a regular basis.

For women, the review says the best thing is to stop smoking, but also watch your weight. This is more of a risk factor than other things, including how much alcohol you take in on a regular basis.

Some other findings from the data. For breast cancers, nearly a tenth of the disease risk comes from being too heavy, either overweight or obese. This risk is more powerful than if the patient breastfed or currently drinks alcohol.

For oesophageal cancer, half the risk could be tied to eating too few fruits and veggies – while only a fifth of the risk came from alcohol intake.

For cancer of the stomach, a fifth of the risk comes from having a diet too high in salt according to the data. Mouth and throat cancers are caused almost exclusively by the choices you make in your lifestyle.

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Review: Over 40% Of Cancers Due To Lifestyle… Continued…

Cancers largely unrelated to lifestyle include ones like gall bladder cancer.

Experts agree that there’s now overwhelming evidence that our cancer risk is affected by how we live. There are things that you can do… within your control… to keep from developing certain cancers. Stop smoking… watch how much alcohol you drink on a regular basis and get more exercise so that you keep your weight under control.

While living a healthy lifestyle isn’t a guarantee of a life free of disease, it can greatly reduce the odds, so they are in our favor. Doing what we can to reduce our risk of cancer, or any disease, is far more effective than treating the disease once it has a foothold on your body.

The work, considered by some to be a wake up call for governments to take action to help people find ways to avoid cancer, appears in the British Journal of Cancer.

4 Heart Healthy Tips

You know how vital a healthy heart is to your body, a study just published in Circulation: Heart Failure, finds that subjects who followed four heart healthy tips cut their risk of heart failure by 81% in women and 68% in men.

What’s more, the more healthy habits you follow, the lower the risk of heart failure becomes. Best of all, even making one heart healthy lifestyle choice was enough to bring down the risk of heart failure by 47% in women, 31% in men.

So, what are these four healthy habits?

The four behaviors are:

1. Don’t smoke

2. Lose weight (if overweight)

3. Get regular exercise

4. Eat vegetables.

Heart failure is a chronic condition where the heart muscle grows weaker until it is no longer able to pump enough blood to meet body needs. With organs not getting the blood they need, fluid builds in places it shouldn’t, the lungs, the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and even the arms and legs.

The symptoms of heart failure often appear slowly, at first only when you’re very active, though over time you might feel breathing problems and some other symptoms even when you’re resting. At age 40 your risk of heart failure at some point during your lifetime is almost one in five.

For the current lifestyle and heart failure study, 38,075 subjects in Finland were examined to compare the chances of heart failure between men and women. After a follow up of 14 years, 638 of the men and 445 of the women had been diagnosed with heart failure.

Even after accounting for risk factors we know impact heart failure (high blood pressure, heart attack history, diabetes), healthy lifestyle choices brought a lower likelihood of disease.

- Smokers had an 86% increased risk of heart failure, women smokers especially saw a 109% increase in risk.

- Men who were considered obese had a 75% higher risk of heart failure; obese women had a 106% higher risk.

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- Men who did regular, moderately intense exercise had a 21% reduced risk of heart failure; women who did the same were found to have a 13% lower risk. More intense types of exercise increased the benefit even more, by 33% in the males, 39% in the female subjects.

- Men and women who ate veggies three to six times a week had a 26% for men, 27% for women reduced risk of heart failure compared to those subjects who ate vegetables less than one time per week.

Researcher Gang Hu, MD, Ph.D, who is director of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Lab at Louisiana’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center, suggests that any steps you take to stay healthy are beneficial in terms of heart failure. Theoretically, almost half of heart failure cases that happen in the general population could be prevented if people engaged in at least three of the four healthy behaviors.

This research brings home the point that lifestyle choices are important… critically important. And that’s the good news to take from this research – these changes are within our control AND we don’t have to do them all, all at once, to get the benefit. Though not easy, by making healthier lifestyle choices we can impact the state and strength of body systems.

Watch for doctors and other healthcare professionals to begin emphasizing the benefits of these heart healthy tips now more than ever before.

Effects Of Smoking To Health Include Shrinking Brain

Important news on lifestyle factors and brain health. A new study in the journal Neurology, suggests that allowing your weight to be out of control in middle age and the effects of smoking to health may actually shrink your brain… bringing on mental decline a mere ten years later.

Researchers have always hypothesized such risk factors could impact brain health, but to have a study that proves it adds more weight to recommendations to live a healthy lifestyle all through life.

And while there’s no stopping the aging process, by doing what you can to keep your body healthy during midlife plays an important part in holding onto a healthy mind as the years pass.

The researchers out of the University of California Davis examined data on 1,352 subjects who were taking part in the Framingham Offspring Study… a generally health conscious lot.

Participants were 54 years old, on average, and were given tests of blood pressure, cholesterol and for diabetes, as well as measuring body mass index and waist circumference. MRI brain scans were taken over the course of ten years, the first about 7 years after the initial risk factor assessment.

Anyone with stroke or dementia was excluded at the start of the study, and during the time of the first and last MRIs, 19 of the participants had a stroke, two developed dementia.

The team saw that factors like smoking, high blood pressure, having diabetes and being too heavy were each associated with dangerous vascular changes in the brain.

- Those who had high blood pressure saw a faster drop in test scores on planning and decision-making, and this corresponds to a faster rate of growth of tiny areas of vascular brain damage, than those who had normal blood pressure readings.

- Participants who had diabetes at midlife saw a loss in brain size in a part of the brain called the hippocampus that was faster than those who didn’t have diabetes.

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- Smokers lost brain volume in the hippocampus, as well as showing an overall decrease in size, with a faster increase in those areas of vascular brain damage than those who did not smoke.

- Subjects who were at obese at midlife were more likely to be in the top 25% of those who showed faster declines in tests on executive function. Having a high waist to hip ratio also made subjects more likely to be part of the 25% who had a faster drop in brain volume.

The effects of the risk factors studied are likely to be more compelling in the larger population, since the study subjects were mostly healthy people who had normal blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as having a lower risk of diabetes. The group of subjects certainly aren’t a good representation of the general population considering the growing obesity epidemic in this country, as well as the numbers of those with high blood pressure/cholesterol readings.

So now we have solid data that shows there are things you can do… stopping smoking to reduce the effects of smoking to health, watching your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers as well as eating right and exercising in an effort to avoid diabetes… in order to keep both body and mind sound as the years pass. All this boils down to keeping your weight under control, which is no easy task to be sure, but one certainly worth the effort considering what it can do for your brain health over the long term.

Toenail Clipping Can Determine Lung Cancer Risk

Get this… a test of your toenail clippings can tell what your lung cancer risk from exposure to cigarettes, even if you’re not a smoker!

This finding comes from the toenails of 210 men with lung cancer, and a group of 630 men used as disease free controls from the Health Professionals Follow Up Study. The toenail clippings used for this research were donated by 33,737 medical professionals taking part in the study.

Why use toenails, of all things?

The researchers were trying to find a way to evaluate exposure to secondhand smoke. They tried measuring nicotine in hair, but when researcher Wael K. Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD was working at Harvard with study co-author Walter Willett, MD DrPH, he discovered a large number of toenail samples from study participants. Since hair and toenails form from the same kind of tissue, it might be possible to analyze them for nicotine.

Toenails represent your nicotine exposure of the last year, and have the advantage of not needing any special storage arrangements. Toenails grow fastest in young people and men, and for us all during the summer months.

Amazingly, the team found that toenail nicotine levels are a reliable gauge of smoking status up to 6 years before the clippings were given. They are also able to predict heart disease risk in women. Females who had the highest levels of nicotine in their toenails had a 42% higher risk of heart disease than those at the lowest nicotine levels.

The 20% of toenails with the highest levels of nicotine showed men at the highest risk of lung cancer. They were 10.5 times more likely to have this form of cancer than the 20% of men who had the lowest amount of nicotine in their toenails. Even when accounting for smoking, men with the highest nicotine levels in the toenail were 3.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than those with the lowest levels of toenail nicotine.

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Toenail Clippings Could Predict Your Cancer Risk… Continued…

As cancers go, cancer of the lung is one of the deadliest types for men and women. More die from lung cancer than cancer of the breast, colon and prostate combined. Most common in older people, this cancer is rare under 45 years old.

We know for certain that smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer. A cause that can be prevented by never starting the habit, and avoiding sources of secondhand smoke.

Study co-author Wael K. Al-Delaimy, MD, PhD, chief of the division of global health at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego believes we now have a valuable way to measure a patients’ exposure and predict lung cancer risk, whether you smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke. Amazing that exposure to either kind of smoke can be found all through your body, right down to the tips of your toes.

Effects of Secondhand Smoke Can Increase Diabetes Risk

As if you need another reason not to smoke… or to avoid the effects of secondhand smoke, a groundbreaking study in Diabetes Care finds that cigarette smoke brings a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, both for the smoker and for the non smokers around them. The risk goes up the more secondhand smoke you’re exposed to.

Head of the Diabetes Center at Mass General Hospital, Dr. David Nathan, tells us that the risks of diabetes from secondhand smoke weren’t known before, but that these findings reinforce the lesson that you need to limit your exposure.

Tobacco smoke has over 4,000 chemicals, and more than 60% of them are known to cause cancer.

Secondhand smoke is a combination of two forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco – sidestream smoke (from the end of the lighted cigarette, pipe or cigar) and mainstream smoke (exhaled from the smoker’s mouth).

It’s the sidestream smoke that has higher concentrations of the cancer causing substances than the smoke that comes from the smoker.

For the research, Dr. John P. Forman out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and his colleagues examined the responses of over 100,000 women to questionnaires answered back in 1982.

The subjects were all female, all nurses taking part in a nationwide study known as the Nurses’ Health Study that lasted several decades, supplied information on how much time they spend around cigarette smoke.

Over the next 24 years, about one in 18 subjects was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The team found that women who smoked over two packs a day had the highest rates of developing diabetes. For every 10,000 subjects in the study, about 30 of the heavy smokers were diagnosed with diabetes each year, compared to about 25 women who didn’t smoke, and hadn’t been exposed to others cigarette smoke.

The risks were higher for ex-smokers and women who were exposed to secondhand smoke. In both groups, about 39 of every 10,000 women were diagnosed with diabetes each year. Once the research team took factors like weight status, age, and family history into account, the ex-smokers had a 12% higher risk of diabetes compared to those who were regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.

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Secondhand Smoke Linked To Higher Risk Of This Chronic Disease… Continued…

No one knows why secondhand smoke and type 2 diabetes might be connected, though inflammation might be a part of the picture.

Type 2 diabetes is the form that usually develops in adults, affecting both men and women equally, and is a chronic condition where the body can’t process sugar properly. Sometimes patients can control their condition with diet and exercise, while more advanced disease calls for insulin. Diabetes that goes unmanaged, or poorly managed, brings the risks of many dangerous, life-altering complications.

The researchers believe there’s no reason to think the findings would not apply to men because the risk factors for diabetes are the same for both men and women. Today the danger of the effects of secondhand smokeĀ is well recognized, and federal, state and local authorities are enacting clean indoor air ordinances to protect nonsmokers from health problems, like type 2 diabetes, that may come from exposure to secondhand smoke.

New Breast Cancer Risk Factor: Women Who Smoke

Here’s an important “I told you so” moment for women who smoke. If you smoked early in life… before you got pregnant, your breast cancer risk factor may be modestly higher according to research that adds new evidence to the case against smoking and cancer of the breast.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among all women of the world, and in the United States, it is the second most common cause of death in women. Lung cancer is first. The work appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

For this research, the experts examined the effects of personal smoking history, as well as any passive smoke exposure on the risk of breast cancer using data from 111,140 female subjects taking part in the Nurses Health Study who were followed from 1976 to 2006; along with another 26,017 women who provided information from 1982 to 2006 on secondhand smoke exposure. Clearly there is a very large study group here.

The analysis found that breast cancer risk was 18% higher among those women who started smoking before they had their first baby, and 4% higher for those who started smoking after the first birth or sometime before menopause. Unexpectedly, smoking after menopause was associated with a slight decrease in risk.

During the follow up period, 8,772 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed. The risk of this type of cancer was higher for the following groups:

- Heavy current, or past, smokers (25 or more cigarettes/day).

- Those who started smoking before age 17.

- Women who smoked for at least 20 years.

- Current or past smokers with a history of 20 or more pack-years

(number of packs smoked per day multiplied by number of years smoked).

As you might expect, the women who were heavy smokers who started early and kept the habit for a long time were at the highest risk of breast cancer according to study leader Fei Xue, MD. ScD of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University.

The good news for non smokers?

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This Can Increase Breast Cancer Risk… Continued…

Never smoking and passive smoke exposure (in childhood) were not linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Living with parents who smoked, or secondhand exposures at work or school were also not associated with a higher breast cancer risk, even after adjusting for other known risk factors.

Experts have known for some time that cigarette smoke contains several cancer causing substances, yet the link between smoking and breast cancer has been elusive, some studies offering findings that were inconsistent or controversial. One of the difficulties is that lifetime smoking comes from many places – active and passive (secondhand) smoke – and these aren’t so easy to measure.

Breast cancer is a disease that is expected to strike one in seven American women sometime during their lifetime. This year alone, there will be 207,090 new cases of breast cancer among women in the United Sates according to the National Cancer Institute numbers.

More work in this area is needed to further clarify the breast cancer risk factor, and what can be done to help women resist smoking at an early age, when they can do damage to their bodies that can’t be undone.