Does your New Year’s resolution resolve need a booster?

Over 13,000 women participated in a study which yielded some interesting information on what habits can increase or decrease  your cancer risk . . . and by how much.

  • In women with a family history of breast cancer, or “other factors”. . .Women who smoke for 35 + years have a 59% higher risk of developing breast cancer compared with those who never smoked.  Smoking 15 – 35 years had a 34% higher risk.
  • Colon cancer is four times higher among women with 35+ year smoking history and 7% higher for those who have smoked 15-35 years.
  • It was noted, and not too surprisingly, that one pack per day of cigarettes for 35 + years has a risk 30 times higher risk of lung cancer than did women who never smoked.
  • Are you a couch potato?  Low level of exercise raises risk of endometrial cancer by 72%.
  • Alcohol consumption was NOT found to increase cancer risk.  (This means moderate alcohol consumption which is up to one drink a day.)   This was shown to decrease risk of colon cancer by 65% compared with those women who did not drink.

Take home message?  Don’t smoke.  Or stop smoking.  Exercise.  Drink in moderation.

Hope this helps.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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