Exposure to second hand smoke increases the risk of a woman developing breast cancer.
According to a current research study those who had never smoked , but lived or worked with smokers for several years had a 32% increased risk for the disease.
The exposure could be during childhood or as an adult.
The length of the exposure according to the report is:
1- Living for 10 years with a smoker as a child
2- Living for 20 Years with a smoker as an adult
3-Working for 10 years with a smoker
The study involved 79,990 women at 40 medical centers in the USA from 1993-1998.
The study also found that for active smokers there was a 16%, and ex-smokers a 9% increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer.
These findings show that there is a need for public health intervention aimed at preventing individuals from smoking in the first place.
Our health program provides no smoking education online, so people anywhere can have access.