Smoking and Breast Cancer, End Both.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month brings attention of this disease. Many people don't associate smoking with breast cancer. Actually, it's linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in young women. Some studies have shown smoking before having your first child may increase the risk of breast cancer. And, some research shows a link between second-hand smoke exposure and breast cancer risk in older women.

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Smoking also can increase complications from breast cancer treatment, including: damage to the lungs from radiation therapy; difficulty healing after surgery and breast reconstruction; higher risk of blood clots when taking hormonal therapy medicines.

No matter who you are or where you live, breast cancer may touch your life. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and around the world. More research is needed about tobacco use and breast cancer.

If you smoke, here are steps you can take. Know your options; if you would like more information to start quitting on your own, click here for quit tips.

Use every resource you can find to help you quit. Knowing about all of the problems associated with smoking may help you make the decision to quit. Click here for a comprehensive list of tobacco cessation products.

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