What is the effect of smoking on breast cancer risk?

Updated: Dec 16, 2019
  • Author: Jessica Katz, MD, PhD, FACP; Chief Editor: Marie Catherine Lee, MD, FACS  more...
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Tobacco abuse portends a 24% higher risk of developing invasive breast cancer. Former smokers carry a 13% increased risk. Starting smoking at an earlier age has a profound impact. Compared with never smoking, beginning tobacco use prior to menarche increases breast cancer risk by 61%, and beginning tobacco use 11 or more years prior to parity carries a 45% increased risk. [30]


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