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What if I’m a smoker?

Smoking has been linked to a range of diseases, but you probably already know that.

However, you may not know that smoking is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer. It is also linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence. And it increases your risk of complications resulting from breast cancer treatment. These complications include healing problems after breast surgery and higher risk of blood clots due to hormonal therapy medicines.

You may also not be eligible for breast reconstruction if you currently smoke.

If you smoke and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, it’s time to look into quitting. There are medicines to help you quit and some people have had success with meditation and acupuncture. The American Lung Association also offers a free online program for smoking cessation. It’s also a good idea to start to quit if you are at risk for breast cancer.

Meanwhile, the articles on this page will help you understand better how smoking will affect your breast cancer journey and to find support to quit smoking.

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