Smoking And Breast Cancer

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October 21 - Working All The Angles - "While smoking is a putative risk factor for developing breast cancer, its impact on treatment results has been uncertain," said lead author Khanh H. Nguyen, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Let's parse this statement since anti-smoking studies generally have nothing to do with science and everything to do with spin.  Putative is an adjective that means "commonly accepted, supposed, assumed to exist or to have existed."  That certainly applies to smoking leading to breast cancer.  After much effort and many dollars, anti-tobacco gave up on its quest to link smoking with breast cancer.  There is no link and the death knell for the notion was sounded in 2002 when:

Researchers said they were surprised and even embarrassed to find that smoking cigarettes apparently reduces the risk of breast cancer among women with an unusual gene mutation. No Breast Cancer From Cigs, Daily Record, 11/13/02 

Dr. Nguyen's use of "putative" to confuse the public is provides the marker for the reliability of his study.  Scientific reliability, of course, is not the purpose.  His recipe for post-op recovery, however, does reveal the motivation behind needlessly frightening women:

"Our findings suggest that women undergoing breast cancer therapy should consider smoking cessation to improve their chance of survival. Physicians and support staff should encourage and assist patients in this challenging ordeal."

Such is the purpose behind this study, which was funded by pharmaceutical money.  Quit smoking and move on over to the cessation aisle.  Open your wallet very, very wide and keep Big Drugs rolling in the dough.


November 13 - Alcohol Causes Breast Cancer, Smoking Does Not - Women who drink just one glass of wine a day are at a significantly increased risk of breast cancer, experts warn today.

But in a surprise finding, scientists have discovered that smoking is not linked to breast cancer and does not increase a woman's chances of developing the disease.

Alcohol prohibition is building up steam as this piece of junk science demonstrates.  For the past decade studies have been issued that show "moderate" alcohol consumption is beneficial for both men and woman.  It appears that subject matter as been recycled so extensively that the grant junkies are now conducting studies that contradict the conclusions of previous studies.  It's a never ending cycle funded by public dollars.

One has to admire the chutzpa of the anti-alcohol operatives who "hailed [this study] as the definitive conclusion about the major risks of the disease.  They also say that it is vital to "get the message out to young women that drinking too much is dangerous."

Since, as noted above, one glass of wine is one too many, responsible drinking for women is complete abstinence.  Welcome to the brave new world.

Passive Smoking Exposure and Female Breast Cancer Mortality - "In contrast to the results of previous studies, this study found no association between exposure to ETS and female breast cancer mortality. The results of our study are particularly compelling because of its prospective design as compared with most earlier studies, the relatively large number of exposed women with breast cancer deaths, and the reporting of exposure by the spouse rather than by proxy. "

Study paid by the tobacco industry" Not at all. The study is paid by (ready for this") the rabidly antismoking American Cancer Society!  How come the truth is coming out" Is the ACS gone insane, and given in to truthful information on tobacco" Nothing of the sort. The reason is political, for it gives the antitobacco cartel a badly needed aura of credibility without anything to lose, since the antismoking cartel has not even been able to establish a statistical link (to say nothing of proof) between active smoking and breast cancer, let alone passive smoking. In fact, some older studies showed a slight decrease in breast cancer in smoking women. With yet another battle with scientific truth on tobacco utterly lost, the cartel actually gives up nothing, but now there is the appearance of "fairness" - in order to make all the other misinformation and frauds about smoking appear more credible. Nice try, guys, but we are not falling for it!

Smoking Reduces The Risk Of Breast Cancer - A new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (May 20, 1998) reports that carriers of a particular gene mutation (which predisposes the carrier to breast cancer) who smoked cigarettes for more than 4 pack years (i.e., number of packs per day multiplied by the number of years of smoking) were found to have a statistically significant 54 percent decrease in breast cancer incidence when compared with carriers who never smoked. One strength of the study is that the reduction in incidence exceeds the 50 percent threshold. However, we think it important to point out that this was a small, case control study (only 300 cases) based on self-reported data. 
Enormous Breast Cancer Study Shows No Smoking Risk - Another monumental piece of anti smoking falsehood is put to rest by this enormous study which shows NO LINK between primary smoking and breast cancer. Notice that this study was released in 1996. The Cancer and other assorted "organ" societies, however, keep telling us that smoking is linked to breast cancer.  They told us that smoking is linked to stomach ulcers. It is not. They tell us that secondhand smoke is linked with cancer . It is not. They tell us that smoking causes breast cancer. It does not. There is only one thing that certain  segments of the medical establishment, and the anti smoking "authoritative sources" deserve: ZERO CREDIBILITY, and all our distrust, and contempt. ...And the media" ALL IS QUIET ON THE VERACITY FRONT.
biblio.gif (2261 bytes)Smoking Does Not Cause Breast Cancer - A summary of the largest studies, based on the criteria of: Cigarette smoking and the risk of breast cancer. JR Palmer, L Rosenberg. Epidemiologic Reviews 1993;15(1):145-156. Their review concludes that smoking neither increases nor decreases risk.


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