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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Avoid Tobacco Smoke and Learn About Breast Cancer Risks

In 2013, researchers at the American Cancer Society found an increased breast cancer risk among women who smoke, especially those who start smoking before they have their first child. More research will help to better explain the link between tobacco smoke and breast cancer.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and all year long, Breathe DC encourages women to learn more about breast cancer signs and symptoms, and ways to minimize risk.

Most risk factors for breast cancer are things you cannot change:

  • Being a woman
  • Getting older
  • Having a family history of breast cancer
  • Race and ethnicity

Other risk factors for breast cancer are lifestyle-related and can be changed:

  • Drinking alcohol
  • Being overweight
  • Physical activity
  • Having children
  • Birth Control

At the American Society website, you can find information about the causes and treatment of breast cancer.

“The main risk factors for breast cancer are things you cannot change: being a woman, getting older, and having certain gene changes. These make your risk of breast cancer higher. But having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you are sure to get the disease.”
The American Cancer Society


Visit the American Cancer Society for more information about breast cancer and smoking:

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer on her lifetime.

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