Another Reason to Quit Smoking

Smoking has already been linked to an increased risk of lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes, and now a new study in the British Medical Journal suggests tobacco can also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

The study drew on the records of the long-running nurses’ health study, which included more than 1,000 women over a period of 30 years.

The researchers found that women who smoked had a 16% increased risk of developing breast cancer. Among women who quit, the increased risk was 9%.

The greatest risk was for women who had smoked for 50 years or longer, compared with women who never smoked. The risk was also high for women who started smoking when they were teenagers. Even after quitting, the risk continued for up to 20 years, the researchers noted.

Second-hand smoke also increased women’s risk of breast cancer. Time to butt out!

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Live Longer by Avoiding These 4 Bad Habits

A new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine, says that the there are 4 bad habits that can shorten your life by 12 years.  Lack of physical activity, smoking, diet and alcohol consumption can put you at risk for a shortened life span. Specifically, exercising less than 2 hours a week, consuming more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day (2 for women), eating less than 3 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, and smoking.

There are many things that we cannot control, like genetics and environment, but luckily these 4 habits are simple choices that we can make to increase our health and well being.  So what can you do? Continue reading “Live Longer by Avoiding These 4 Bad Habits”

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